The Moqueca of fruits of the earth is the vegan version of typical food from Bahia, the most colorful state in Brazil which, being one of the oldest, is the cradle of our culture.
Traditionally it is made with seafood, but as I am rebellious I will make it with fruits from the land.
Rice is the staple food of Brazilians and to make this dish even more nutritious and interesting, I will use wild rice.
This type of rice is rich in B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, potassium, and flavonoids that slow the aging of our body's cells and has great anti-inflammatory power.
The ingredients for Moqueca are:
2 very ripe tomatoes
1 yellow pepper
200ml of coconut milk
30ml of olive oil (or enough to cover the bottom of the pan)
Freshly ground black pepper
Cassava (you can substitute for parsnips or potatoes if you don't find it in your country)
250 gr of Broccoli
Ingredients for wild rice
100 gr shredded coconut
150 gr of wild rice
Scented red pepper (optional)
Boiling water approximately 1.5 liters
30 ml of olive oil
100 ml of white wine
The first thing I do after separating the ingredients is to wash my hands and bless the food I am going to cook.
This has nothing to do with religion, but it is a habit that changed my relationship with food, with my health and mainly, after I started to bless my food, prosperity smiled at me.
I wish with all my heart that I smile at you too, so I will share the words I use here but it may also be that you just take a deep breath and keep the intention of preparing good food, this is also a blessing.
I usually say:
"Blessed is the land that brought this plant to light.
Blessed be the plant that brought this food to light.
Blessed are those who planted, harvested, transported, and sold these foods.
I ask that this creature of the earth be purified from all the memories of those who touched it on the way here and just remember the sacred power that formed it, I ask you to manifest that power in the body and soul of everyone who eats it.
The second thing to do is to cut the vegetables into small cubes.
The other second thing to do is to cook the cassava or potato in salted water, I like to add herbs and pieces of onion to add perfume.
The third thing to be done is the moqueca sauce, to make it I will heat a pan with oil and fry the onion.
Then I'm going to add the pepper (if you don't feel well when you eat pepper, try removing the membranes and pistils that are the white part that holds the seed, this part is a little indigestible).
After sautéing the pepper we will add the tomato and cook.
When the tomato starts to release the juices and form the sauce, we add the coconut milk, salt, and pepper.
After cooking for about 6 minutes I add the cassava or boiled potatoes, and finally the broccoli flowers.
Cook until the broccoli is tender, then turn off the heat and add parsley.
Sauté the onion with the rice in the hot oil.
Add crushed coconut
Add the wine
Add the boiling water, and let it cook until tender.
The cooking time is approximately 20 minutes, but if necessary, add more water and if you overdo it, and even after the rice is tender, there is still plenty of water in the pot, just drain the water and reserve the rice.
When it is soft and dry, finish with scallions and perfumed pepper, I used beak pepper (Capsicum chinense).
So just serve it. he hotter the better!
Note: Reusing food has many advantages, saves your money, protects the planet, and even leaves you free time for some fun!
Tip: If you have leftover moqueca you can mash it in a blender and ready a beautiful soup to serve with toast
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