Brazilian cuisine

Brazilian cooking, while it has many similarities with that of its South American neighbours, is distinct. Stretching from the Amazon in the north, through the fertile plantations of the central coast and on to the southern pampas, the food of Brazil spans a unique mix of cultures and cuisines. The original population contributed popular ingredients like cassava and guaraná. African slaves influenced the cuisine of the coastal states, especially Bahia. And around the country, a Portuguese heritage is reflected in a variety of dishes.
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Abobrinha Marinada – Marinated Zucchini

These delicious, garlicky zucchini slices, lightly sautéed and marinated in olive oil, make a great side dish for grilled meats.

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Açaí na Tigela – Açaí in a Bowl

This smoothie in a bowl – cold, sweet, tart, with crunch from the granola – will fill you up, cool you off, and may have all kinds of nutritional and health benefits as well, if the many claims about the health properties of the acai berry are true. In Brazil, frozen açaí is often mixed with guarana (usually in the form of syrup – xarope de guarana), a fruit from the Amazon that is also thought to have many health benefits and which contains caffeine as well. Some people add other ingredients to their acai bowl such as milk, sugar, orange juice or pineapple.

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Acarajé – Black-Eyed Pea and Shrimp Fritters

A dish made from peeled black-eyed peas formed into a ball and then deep-fried in dendê (palm oil). It is found in Nigerian and Brazilian cuisine. The dish is traditionally encountered in Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia, especially in the city of Salvador, often as street food, and is also found in most parts of Nigeria, Ghana and the Republic of Benin.

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Amazonian Cuisine

Amazonian cuisine includes the foods and preparation methods of various peoples in the Amazon jungle of South America, including the dishes they have popularised among neighbours.

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Ambrosia De Laranja – Brazilian Orange Pudding

Ambrosia De Laranja is a traditional Brazilian carnival treat and also a great dessert for a feijoada day or other festive occasion

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Baba de Moça – Egg Coconut Custard Cream

Baba de Moça is a creamy sauce from Bahia prepared with coconut milk, egg yolks and sugar. It can be served as a sauce or as a pudding eaten by it self, depending on the consistency.

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Bauru Sandwich

Bauru is a popular Brazilian sandwich. The traditional recipe calls for cheese (usually mozzarella) melted in a bain-marie, slices of roast beef, tomato and pickled cucumber in a French bun with the crumb (the soft inner part) removed.

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Beijinho de Coco – Coconut Little Kiss

Beijinho (Little kiss in Portuguese), also known as branquinho, is a typical Brazilian birthday party candy prepared with condensed milk, grated desiccated coconut, rolled over caster sugar or grated coconut and topped with a clove.

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Bolo de Maracujá – Brazilian Passionfruit Cake

This simple sponge cake is not only laced with passionfruit, it is then drizzled in a rich passionfruit syrup for a double dose of tangy sweetness.

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Brazilian Cheese Bread – Pão de Queijo

Pão de queijo is a small, baked, cheese roll, a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil.

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Brazilian Cuisine

Brazilian cuisine, while it has many similarities with that of its South American neighbours, is distinct. Stretching from the Amazon in the north, through the fertile plantations of the central coast and on to the southern pampas, the food of Brazil spans a unique mix of cultures and cuisines.

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Brazilian Dishes – List of

Typically, Brazilian food is stylish and very appealing. Because of the large population, the Brazilian cuisine can cater a large number of fantastic dishes that are said to be the specialty of their country. Among the Brazilian food, feijoada is the most popular choice. It is noted as the Brazilian dish that can be found in most areas of Brazil. Basically this dish is extreme and heavy, and that is the very reason why it is intended for lunch time that is best matched with a rest right after.

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Broa – Portuguese Corn Bread

This yeast bread has the rustic flavour and texture that suitably accompanies soups, especially caldo verde, the Portuguese green soup made with tender collard greens, potatoes, and chouriço sausages.

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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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Choripán – Grilled Chorizo Sandwich

Chorípan is the clever hybrid name for one of the most popular South American sandwiches. It’s a sandwich of chorizo sausage on a crusty bread roll (chor for chorizo y pan for bread). Choripan is a popular street food that is best straight off the barbecue.

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