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Recipe: Moqueca De Palmitos

 Las Iguanas signature dish with butternut squash, ethically sourced palm hearts & spinach taking centre stage in a creamy coconut curry with charred red peppers, garlic & fresh tomatoes. With spring onion rice, sweet plantain, pico de gallo & coconut farofa to sprinkle.

Moqueca is a Brazilian recipe based on salt water fish stew, tomatoes, onions, garlic and coriander. It is slowly cooked in a terracotta casserole dish. This is our veggie version. Originally from Espírito Santo & the state of Bahia, Brazilians have been making moqueca for at least 3OO years.

Serves: 4

Prep: 30 mins

Ingredients:

25g FRESH GINGER

1 CLOVE GARLIC

3Oml OLIVE OIL

2OOg WHITE ONION FINELY DICED

1 RED BULLET CHILLI FINELY CHOPPED

½ tbsp VEGETABLE BOUILLON

4OOg FRESH TOMATOES ON THE VINE, DICED

5Oml FRESH LIME JUICE

4OOml COCONUT MILK

125g CREAMED COCONUT

25Oml WATER

3OOml VEGETABLE STOCK

15g FRESH CORIANDER FINELY CHOPPED

SALT & FRESHLY GROUND BLACK PEPPER TO SEASON

2OOg ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH

36Og MIXED PEPPERS SLICED

1OOg SPINACH

25Og FINE GREEN BEANS

1 TIN PALM HEARTS SLICED

1½ tbsp SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL RICE TO SERVE

Method:

In a food processor blend the ginger, garlic & olive oil until puréed. Heat the palm oil in a pan over a moderate heat & add the diced onions, ginger & garlic purée & finely chopped red chilli & sweat until onions are translucent.

Stir in the vegetable bouillon. Add the tomatoes & cook slowly until they begin to dry out. Then add the lime juice, coconut milk, creamed coconut & water & simmer until the sauce has a creamy consistency.

Place the vegetable stock into a frying pan with the mixed peppers & bring to the boil. Simmer for a minute or 2 then add the fine green beans, butternut squash, spinach & palm hearts.

Add your creamy coconut sauce to the frying pan & bring to a simmer. Taste & add more seasoning if required. The sauce should not be runny. Serve with rice.

 

 

 

 

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