The Taste of Brazil

Coconut is one of the healthiest foods known to mankind. There are many varieties of coconuts, each with their own distinctive taste and characteristics. The humble coconut has been used as a staple food for islands and coastal regions for centuries. A well stocked tropical garden would contain copious amounts of coconut palms; they are an ideal food for the hungry masses. For this reason the humble coconut is considered as one of the most beneficial exotic fruits.

Coconut fava

 

There are many variants of Coconut flavoured curry, including Coconut Fava. There are 5 popular coconut growers, mostly located in Asia. The top producing region or country is China, that provide over 100% of all coconut products respectively. Products like Coconut Guru, Chili Apple and the famed Coconut Water are immensely popular in the culinary circles of India and Singapore. A well stocked Indian or Singaporean grocery store would have a wide range of Coconut products, from Coconut biscuit to Coconut meat and of course Coconut water. If you don't happen to live near an Indian or Singaporean supermarket then here are a few of my favourite Coconut based recipes that can easily be cooked at home.

If you are looking to get creative with your meals, then try making some delicious Coconut Balls! A simple mix of coconut milk, sugar, flour and egg. Roll them well and place in a shallow glass baking dish. Brush with some melted butter and bake in the oven until the cheese is liquefied. Serves chilled for a real change to the traditional lunch or dinner.

Possibly one of the most famous Coconut based dishes in Indonesia is Pirao Orh Phom, which literally means literally "Spotted Rooster". The ingredients used in this dish literally translate into 'clotting bird's nest'. It is made from rice, fish sauce, egg, oil, salt, pepper, onion powder, coriander, cumin, fenugreek seeds, and chopped onions. To make it more colourful, boil a cup of water and add in the coriander, onion powder, fenugreek seeds, and cumin seeds. Stir well and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve with steamed rice and serve with sweet and sour sauce.

From India, the legendary South Indian cuisine known as Maach-Bhasma has a close relationship with Coconut. A classic recipe of this cuisine is known as Tandoori Maach. In this dish, coconut milk and dry pieces of meat like chicken or beef are dipped in the coconut milk before being cooked over a low temperature. Once the chicken or meat is done, it is deep-fried in palm oil. The result is a delicious and sumptuous dish.

Another famous South Indian delicacy is Kaake Chanoy, which is quite similar to our Coconut Fiza. This dish uses rice flour mixed with black gram dal, red chili powder, and cumin powder. The ingredients are mixed and roasted until they crack, and then served with mango juice and grilled poppadoms. It is served with a side of grated coconut and pure maple syrup. A special preparation is made using mango puree, which is then flavored with tamarind.

Manioc Feta is made from coconut milk, cooked in the traditional manner using cashew palms, and then pureed with tomatoes. A special preparation made using manioc flour, sugar, egg, and tomato paste gives a unique taste. The dish is served with a spicy mango puree. A famous street vendor's recipe uses raw coconuts and manioc flour to make this creamy and tasty delight.

Other popular South Indian recipes include Malabarita (fish curry), Gatpandan (roasted gram flour cakes), Churachari (ancient Indian curried vegetable), Mayo chaat, Pista (ancient Indian coconut pancake), and Tandoori (Indian spicy food). You can also try making these delicious traditional dishes in the comfort of your own home with the help of various online Indian recipe books. You can choose from an array of popular Indian recipe books that give simple and easy to follow recipes. These books use different ingredients to prepare different traditional South Indian delicacies.