Any celebration is incomplete without food, so let’s celebrate Brazil’s Independence Day with yummy street food.
Roasted Queijo Coalho – Queijo de Coalho means curd cheese. It’s the traditional cheese found in Northeast Brazil. It is yellow-white in color with semi-hard texture. It is sold on a stick and is usually in roasted form as shown in the image. When heated, it doesn’t melt. Queijo de Coalho is widely available in the supermarkets, restaurants and snack bars of Brazil. Another similar snack food is Pao de Queijo, which means Brazilian Cheese Rolls. This is equally popular in Brazil. Meat, chilli dips and salsa can be very well paired with these cheese sticks. They can be simply enjoyed with seasoning as well.
Chicken Pastel – Meat pastels, especially chicken pastel is ultimate Brazilian street food delicacy. These are fried pastries which are filled up of various savory fillings like chicken, cheese, shrimp, palm cabbage or ground beef. These pastries are stuffed with heavenly chicken cheesy fillings. Popular addition to these pastries include carrot, corn, peas and olives. Boiled eggs also make up great pastels. These pastels are called Empanada in US. They can be enjoyed with chilli sauce, salsa, favorite dip. They taste amazing with chilled beer at get-together.
Pamonha – Corn is relished in various forms in Brazil and one of the common variations is called Pamonha. This is basically a corn pudding. It is made up of milk and corn. It’s boiled in corn husk. This can be sweet as well as salty. It can be had just like that or may contain filling. The filling usually consists of cheese or meat. The simplest form is the most popular among the localites as well as the tourists.
Tacaca – The most common soup of Northern Brazil is none other than the authentic Tacaca soup. It is very popular in Amazonas, Acre, Rondonia and Para regions. It is made up of jambu, shrimps or prawns, yellow peppers and tucupi. Jambu is a native variety of paracress and tucupi is a broth/thick soup that is made up of cassava. It’s served hot.
Tapioca Pudding – The tapioca pearls are soaked well before cooking. These are combined with vanilla extract, coconut, honey, syrup etc. When cooked, this swells up and become transparent. This can be served with seasonal fruits. This forms one of the most delectable desserts in Brazil.
Happy Independence Day!