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Moqueca De Peixe (Bahian Style Fish Stew)

Type: Fish
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

3 sections  Fresh cilantro
1 section  Ripe tomato - quartered (medium)
1/2 section  Green bell - pepper, seeded (medium)
1 section  Onion - quarter (medium)
  Salt and black pepper
2 lbs 908g / 32ozFish fillets - (cod, scrod, haddock, or any firm-fleshed fish)
1 tablespoon 15mlFresh lemon juice
1/2 cup 118mlThin coconut milk*
2 tablespoons 30mlDende*
2 tablespoons 30mlPeanut oil

Recipe Instructions

*Heat a coconut in a 350F oven for 10 minutes so it will develop "fault lines. Remove from oven and, holding it in a cloth (it will be hot) over a large bowl, hit it along the fault lines with a hammer or heavy mallet. The coconut will open. Reserve the liquid, remove the meat from the shell and take off the brown outer pieces with a pairing knife. Grate the coconut meat, either with a hand grater or in a food processor. Wrap in cheesecloth and pour 1/2 cup warm water over it while holding it over a bowl. Squeeze the liquid from the coconut into the bowl. This is thick coconut milk. Add the reserved coconut water and grated coconut residue. This is the only way to get the true Brazilian taste. Otherwise, you can buy a bottle of coconut milk from specialty stores (and it is pretty hideous). African markets in the United States. Chop the coriander, tomato, pepper, and onion in a food processor until you have a coarse paste.

Then place the mixture in a large, heavy skillet over low heat. Add the salt and pepper and cook for 15 minutes. Add the fish fillets to the mixture and continue cooking for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

Serve the moqueca hot with white rice and Farofa.

Miriam Podcameni Posvolsky


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