Moqueca is a heritage Brazilian fish stew dish with a lineage that goes back well over 400 years. The basic ingredients of a moqueca are onions, peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, seafood or chicken, coconut oil, olive oil and dende (red palm oil).
Regional versions of moqueca can be found throughout Brazil, the main difference being the addition of coconut milk, which was introduced to the dish by African slaves in the 18th century.
NB – Dende oil is a thick, dark, reddish-orange, strong-flavoured oil extracted from the pulp of a fruit from a type of palm tree grown in Africa and in Brazil. It is used in cooking in West Africa and in Brazil.
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