Farofa from Brazil is a tradicional Brazilian dish.

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What is farofa from Brazil?

Farofa is a popular food from Brazil which many people think originated in the colonial period, we’ll tell you the history in this Dica. But first the basics! It’s made from manioc (cassava) flour and it’s commonly served with meat, rice, barbecued meats and the famous feijoada. Brazilians love to eat it almost every day, we simply can’t live without it!

Because it’s a low cost food and easy to prepare, it’s very common among workers. Farofa can be found in industrialized packages, but it is also often prepared at home, following family recipes that vary with the region of the country. It’s like a comfort food that almost every Brazilian loves (but there are always the crazy ones that don’t like something, right? hahaha :P)

As we said before, farofa is not a dish that is meant to be eaten as a main dish. It is usually served with other dishes and it’s the perfect side dish for meat, rice and beans.

As much as Brazilians love eating farofa, many foreigners find it strange. Some say that it feels like you’re eating sand… Maybe the texture is kind of odd for those who are not used to it, but it definitely doesn’t taste like sand! The herbs, spices and even bacon make a wonderful mix of flavors.

History of Brazilian farofa

Actually the origin of farofa from Brazil began before the colonial period. Probably farofa appeared among the Tupi-Guarani Indians (a group of native people from Brazil) and its creation preceded the colonization of Brazil by the Portuguese.

Gastronomic historians believe that Indians needed to satisfy their hunger with more nutritious food. So they threw manioc flour in an empty turtle shell and roasted it over the fire. With that, the carapace fat came loose and mixed the flour. That’s how farofa from Brazil was born!

During the colonization period, the Portuguese began to use this mixture for their travels too. Nowadays farofa is seen as a hearty food of workers and a food that every Brazilian can eat regardless of their economic status. However, is more related to regular people than to rich people. It is a Brazilian traditional and part of our cultural heritage.

Everybody has a different recipe for farofa, but today we are going to teach you our favorite one! Are you ready? Let’s go!

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Brazilian farofa recipe

This Brazilian farofa recipe is very easy. I bet you can cook it at home!

What is a farofa from Brazil. This is an easy Farofa recipe.

Farofa from Brazil ingredients

1/2 de linguiça calabresa 1/2 of spicy sausage
3 dentes de alho 3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cebola picada 1/2 onion (chopped)
1 xícara de Farinha de Mandioca 1 cup of manioc (cassava) flour
2 colheres de sopa de Manteiga 2 tablespoons of butter



Melt the butter in a frying pan then fry the garlic and also the onion. After frying them, put the spicy sausage in the frying pan. It will give a special flavor to the food.

Add the manioc (cassava) flour to the fried ingredients and wait for it to turn golden. Eat the Farofa while it’s hot.

Now you know what Farofa from Brazil is!
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