This recipe was one of those recipes I grew up with, but never thought about sharing on the blog and talking with my mom, this morning, I decided, to share! This dish is original from Northeast of Brazil, my home state Bahia and it was brought by African Slaves who came to work in our sugar cane plantations. Time consuming but super yummy!
8 – 10 pieces of chicken ( thighs and drumsticks preferably)
garlic, salt, cumin to taste
Cashews and peanuts
1 small bottle of coconut milk
2 tbsp of azeite de dende
Season the chicken with garlic, salt and cumin, at least one hour prior to cooking it. Blend onion, tomato, cilantro, 5 cashews and 5 roasted peanuts on a blender until smooth with 1/4 cup of water. Sautee chicken lightly, add blender mix, add water to cover the chicken and cook until soft, add coconut milk and dende after the chicken is cooked and let it simmer for 5 minutes, always stirring. Enjoy!
Segredo: If you find dried shrimp, a delicacy only found in special Brazilian stores, add that to the blender mix, it adds a smoky flavor to it.
A store where you will find the azeite de dende and small coconut milk bottle: www.sendexnet.com. I don’t endorse or have any affiliation with the store, just wanted to share a useful resource.