MOQUECA

Moqueca, of indiginous origin, is a stew of fish and other seafood, onion, pepper, tomatoe and parsley. Everything sounds familiar so far. The foreign comes when they add coconut milk and dendé oil, and it turns out to be an exquisite and liquid combination, slow cooked with the rest of the ingredients. Originally it was made with different tree leafs.

To say "of indiginous origin" in Brazil is like talk about rigatoni and call it pasta: a vague allusion, although understood by everybody. An example of this indiginous communities are the native villages around Xingú river, which are currently in danger because of Belo Monte's dyke projects.