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Brazilian Food
Enjoy some true culinary delights from the land of the Mardi Gras.
Khushnuma Irani
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017
Brazilian food is a lot like the country itself, a lot of spice, a lot of culture, and a whole lot of taste. Enjoy a wholesome meal by preparing the traditional black bean and meat stew accompanied with classic Batilda Paulista.
Feijoada - Brazilian Black Bean and Meat Stew
Ingredients for Beans
  • Dried Black Beans, 2 lbs.
  • Olive Oil, ¼ cup
  • Spanish Onion, 1 (chopped)
  • Fresh Garlic, ¼ cup (chopped)
  • Bay Leaves, 4
  • Water, 12 cups
  • Ham Hocks, 2
Ingredients for Adobo
  • Cumin, ¼ cup (ground)
  • Coriander, ¼ cup (ground)
  • Salt, ¼ cup
  • Cayenne Pepper, 2 tbsp. (ground)
  • Adobo Seasoning, 1 tbsp.
Ingredients for Meat
  • Olive Oil, 2 tbsp.
  • Breakfast Sausage Links, 1 lb.
  • Smoked Sausage Links, 1 lb.
  • Chorizo Sausage, 1 lb.
  • Beef Tenderloin, 1 lb. (diced)
  • Pork Tenderloin, 1 lb.
Ingredients for Pico de Gallo
  • Tomatoes, 4 (chopped)
  • Serrano Chilies, 2 (chopped)
  • Red Onion, 1 (chopped)
  • Fresh Cilantro, 1 bunch (chopped)
  • Lemon Juice, 2 (freshly squeezed)
  • Lime Juice, 2 (freshly squeezed)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
Ingredients for Sautéed greens
  • Mustard Greens, 2 lbs. (chopped)
  • Olive Oil, 2 tbsp.
  • Garlic, 4 cloves (chopped)
  • White Wine, ¼ cup
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
Ingredients for Farofa
  • Bacon, 1 cup (chopped)
  • Spanish Onion, ½ cup (chopped)
  • Manioc Flour, ½ cup
  • Butter, 8 tbsp. (unsalted)
  • Eggs, 2 (beaten)
  • Scallions, ¼ cup (chopped)
  • Salt, to taste.
  • Orange, 1 (cut in wedges)
  • To make the beans, take a large bowl, add the beans, and pour enough water to cover it completely. Let these beans soak overnight and then drain.
  • In a large saucepan, add olive oil and heat it on a medium flame. Add the onions and fry them, till they turn translucent. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • While the onions are cooking, make the Adobo. In a small bowl add cumin, coriander, salt, cayenne, and adobo seasoning. Mix them well.
  • Add garlic and bay leaves to the onions, and cook them for 1 minute.
  • Add the beans, water, ham hocks, and part of the adobo. Let this come to a boil and then lower the heat. Allow the mixture to simmer.
  • Take the ham hocks out and shred the meat. Once this is done, add it back to the stew mixture.
  • For preparing the meat, take a large bowl, add sausages and adobo to it.
  • Take a skillet and add olive oil. Fry the sausages in it and then add them to the stew. Next, fry beef and pork with the stew.
  • Let the stew simmer for half an hour, remember to stir occasionally. For preparing the sautéed greens, take a large pot and heat oil. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the greens and wine. Cook for another 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper as per taste.
  • For the Pico de Gallo, in a large bowl mix all the ingredients and season as per taste.
  • For the Farofa, take a skillet, add the bacon and onions. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the manioc flour and let it cook till it becomes toasty and brown. Add eggs, scallion, and season it with salt. Let it cool and then serve.
  • This stew can serve 8 helpings and is best served with rice, sautéed greens, pico de Gallo, and Farofa. Garnish with chopped scallion and orange wedges.
Batilda Paulista - Brazilian Rum with Lemon juice
  • Egg Whites, 2 tsp.
  • Sugar, 2 tbsp. (fine)
  • Cachaca or Brazilian Rum, 2 oz.
  • Lemon Juice, 1 oz.
  • Ice Cubes, 4
  • Lemon Slice, 1
  • In a mixing glass, add the egg white and sugar. Stir well till the sugar gets dissolved completely. Add rum, lemon juice, and ice cubes.
  • Shake this mixture well and strain it into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
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