Brazilian Moqueca

Few comfort foods come as close to Nirvana as the moquecas of Bahia– clay pot seafood stews thickened with coconut milk– seasoned with dendé oil, yellow onion, tomato, and green bell pepper and cilantro. Whether it is freshly caught fish like cavala, shrimp, octopus, or lobster, or homemade coconut milk and dendé oil, the secret to a perfect moqueca lies in the freshness of the ingredients. Jan our dendé and farinha guide, assures us that his sister-in-law, Claudete, prepares the best moqueca in all of Bahia.

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