Brazilian food is light, spicy, and delicious. The Brazilian cuisine is characterized by its variety, and it reflects the diversity in culture and its people (Spaniards, Africans, Portuguese, and Amerindians). Enlisted here are some mouth-watering traditional Brazilian food recipes. Have a look!
It's an intense and heavy preparation because besides containing stew meat and beans, it is served with rice, farofa, orange slices, etc. Hence, it is mostly served for lunch and is followed by a nap. Feijoada is generally found in the southeastern region of Brazil, which is also an industrial region.
- Bay leaves: 5 or 6
- Onions, chopped: 2
- Garlic: 2 cloves
- Pork tenderloin: 1 lb.
- Black beans: 1 lb.
- Varied pork sausages: 1 lb.
- Vegetable oil: 2 tbsp.
- Bacon: few slices
- Salt to taste
- Soak the beans in water overnight. This will make it easier to cook the beans. Drain the beans and put in a pressure cooker.
- Add some water. The water level should be at least 1 inch above the beans.
- Close the pressure cooker and put it on medium heat for 20 minutes. The beans would get properly cooked in that time span.
- Now, take a pan and add oil, garlic, salt, chopped onions, and bay leaves and cook for about 15 minutes. Thereafter, add the boiled beans.
- In a separate pan, cook slices of bacon and cubes of pork tenderloin with garlic, salt, and some water.
- Add all the sliced sausages and stir at medium heat until the entire water dries up.
- Now, add the cooked meat to the pan with black beans.
- Cook for 10 minutes to let the meat soak in the black beans; your Feijoada is ready.
- Lime: 1 (quartered)
- Cachaça: 1 shot
- Ice cubes with water: ½ cup
- Sugar: 1 tbsp.
- Place lime and sugar at the bottom of a glass.
- Crush and mash the lime using a wooden spoon.
- Pour liquor, add ice, and stir well. Your caipirinha is ready.
Picanha is one of the famous traditional barbecue recipes (churrasco) that contains white rice, farofa (seasoned manioc flour), and vinaigrette. It is tender beef that is grilled. The beef has the layer of fat that is removed during the cooking process. This dish is quite famous amongst foreign visitors.
- Picanha: 1 full piece
- Rock salt
- Garlic paste
- Cut the picanha into 2-inch thick pieces.
- Rub some rock salt on the meat with or without using garlic paste.
- Place the meat over the grill. Cook it according to your preference.
- Later, skin out the outer layer and if needed, you can cook the inner meat for some more time. The dish is ready to be served.
- Eggs: 2
- Flour: 1 cup
- Milk: ½ cup
- Cornstarch: ½ cup
- Granulated sugar: 4 tbsp.
- Baking powder: 2 tbsp.
- Pinch of salt
- Sugar with cinnamon
- Mix eggs, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
- While mixing with a wooden spoon, add flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and milk.
- Keep stirring till the batter appears similar to a cake batter.
- Preheat the fryer to 350ºF.
- Take a spoon of batter and put it into the fryer.
- Fry the rounded batter for about 3 or 4 minutes till they turn golden brown.
- Remove them from the oil, and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Sprinkle some powdered sugar along with cinnamon, and the dish is ready to be served.
- Garlic: 2 cloves
- Black-eyed peas, soaked overnight: 1 cup
- Water: 1 cup
- Ground pepper: ½ tbsp.
- Baking soda: 1 tsp.
- Salt: 1 tsp.
- Rub the peel off the beans.
- Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Beat it for around 4 or 5 minutes till it acquires a dough-like consistency.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl.
- Heat the oil to 350ºF and deep-fry spoonful of dough for 7 or 8 minutes until it turns dark red.
- Pat them dry. The dish is ready to be served. Ensure to stir the remaining mixture intermittently to prevent it from turning watery.
There are several other dishes which are relatively unknown to the world but are quite delicious and famous in Brazil. This just reflects the culinary richness of Brazil.