Cape Verdean cuisine

The result of a marriage between African and Portuguese cuisine, traditional Cape Verdean food features a wide array of interesting and savoury dishes. Naturally, fish and seafood play a key role in many of them, with fresh tuna being the most widely consumed fish locally, while lobster, squid, and a variety of shellfish are also in abundance.


Canja de Galinha – Chicken Soup with Lemon and Mint

Canja de galinha, or simply canja, is a popular chicken soup of Portuguese, Cape Verdean, and Brazilian cuisine. The Portuguese term galinha means “hen”. The basic ingredients include chicken, rice or massa pevide. Common flavouring ingredients are olive oil, mint, salt and pepper. It is usually accompanied by slices of Portuguese broa bread on the side for dipping.

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Pastel Com o Diabo Dentro – Cape Verdean Pastry with the Devil Inside

The filling may be as hot (devilish) as you like; just vary the amount of chillies added to the filling. Grilled fresh tuna gives the best results, but you may use high-quality canned tuna in a pinch. The pastry is a blend of cooked and puréed sweet potato, mixed with fine polenta.

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