Brazilian cuisine special ingredients
Beans – are probably the common ingredient of Brazilian cuisine, it appears on the table daily in many forms and colors, especially black beans, which are one of the key ingredients in the national dish, feijoada.
Cassava root – is an important part of Brazilian cuisine. It can be fried as a side dish or appetizer or cooked with and mixed with a variety of meats, for recipes like escondidinho or vaca atolada. It can be find frozen in Latin American food stores or Asian grocers, and sometimes fresh in some fruit markets. #cassava
Cassava starch (or tapioca) – called povilho azedo in Brazil, is a fermented starch extracted from cassava root like cornflour in texture. It is used to make a variety food, like pão de queijo (cheese bread) and biscoito de polvilho. Can be find in major supermarkets and Asian grocery shops. #tapiocastarch
Cassava flour (or manioc flour) – similar in texture to dried breadcrumbs, it is eaten daily for most of Brazilians as an accompaniment for rice and beans, feijoada, barbecues, and stews. It is also used to make farofa, one of the most popular dishes in Brazil. #farinhademandioca #cassavaflour
Dende Oil (azeite de dende) – is a strong tropical oil extracted from the African palm growing in Northern Brazil. One of the basic ingredients in Bahian or Afro-Brazilian cuisine, it gives a characteristic red-orange colour and rich flavour to the dishes. It is indispensable for moqueca, vatapa and Bobó and can be find in most Latin American food stores. #azeitededende #dendeoil
Dried meats – there are three types of dried meats used in Brazilian cuisine, carne seca, carne de sol, and charque. They differ from each other in the process type and region they are used. While the first two are more used in the north and northeast of Brazil, the latter is typical from southern Brazil. #charque #carneseca #carnedesol #driedmeat
Açaí - is the super deep purple berry from the Amazon which grows in a palm tree and it is known all over the world for its nutritional properties. Açaí is often sold as a frozen pulp and the most common use of it is açaí in a bowl, a kind of smooth topped with granola or cereal and sliced bananas. #açaí