Sep 2, 2014

Brazilian Torta form Brazil

Now coming to the second day of this culinary trip to around the world in 30 days. To day I have landed in Brazil. Brazilian cuisine is a mixture of European and African cuisines. Brazil is a tropical country, before immigrants entered in to this country They have their own ingredients in their cooking. Like cassava(manioc),  When immigrants from Europe entered in to this country, They brought wheat and leafy vegetables. When potato are not available they included sweet manioc in the place of potato. Then Africans also have their role in developing Brazilian cuisine. Japanese immigrants gave their Asian touch  to Brazilian cuisine. So many waves from immigrants, They brought some of their typical dishes, replacing the missing ingredients with local ingredients.But still the traditional dishes have their own place. Coffee is a favorite drink and Cachaca sugar cane based drink is a national cocktail. Rice and black bean stew is a national and very popular dish. coconut is widely used in some regions and plantain, pineapple and pappaya are the favorite fruits.
Brazilian cuisine has it's various regional typical dishes. Due to the abundance of forest and fresh water fish and cassava are the staple foods in the North. In south rice and beans are an extremely common dish along with fish and beef. Feijoada black bean and meat stew is a very popular dish. North east Brazilian cuisine is heavily influenced by African cuisine. Vatapa is a very common dish in this region. Vatapa is made with shrimps coconut milk and bread and acaraje a black eyed peas paste balls which are deep fried also came from African cuisine and many more like this.Finally Southern Brazilian cuisine is highly influenced by German immigrants. Here food is based on red meat along with red meat pastas, sausages and desserts are very common.
Now coming to, to day recipe is Brazilian Torta. in some cuisines Torta means a yeast based bread, but here in Brazil it is a pie. Which looks like a pie but with out crust  and recipe sounds like a Frittata, but frittata recipe doesn't have flour and milk. Can use any vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, green peas, zucchini. Even I have seen this recipe with grated chow chow which is a popular vegetable in Brazil. Apart fro vegetables you can add shard meat or tuna fish. You can make this as a dessert too by adding plantain. you can serve this for break fast or dinner and also a small piece with a cup of coffee as a snack.
To day my recipe is with vegetables.
Onion  --- 1 big sliced
Tomato  ---  3 medium sliced
Broccoli  ---  cut in to small pieces 1/2 cup
Green bell pepper  ----  1 medium sliced
salt to taste
Oregano   ---  1 tea sp ( i used dried)
Mix all the chopped vegetables in a big bowl add oregano and salt mix well and set a side.
Flour   --- 1 cup ( i used whole wheat flour you can use APF or Maida)
Milk   --- 1 cup
Eggs   ---  3 large
Baking powder  --- 1 tea sp 
A pinch of salt
Put all the ingredients in a blender jar and blend well to combine every thing, make sure there are no lumps.
Grease a baking dish with little butter, pour a little flour and milk batter and spread the entire bottom of the dish.
Now place the vegetable mixture and pour the remaining milk and flour batter on top.
Bake the torta in a pre heated oven for 60 minutes at 200 degree. This baking time bepend up on your oven mine took 60 to 65 minutes.
Insert a tooth pic and check if it is done the remove and let it stand till it become to room temperature then cut. When it is hot it is a little difficult to cut so let it cool and then cut.
Serve with any salad or with a cup of coffee


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Srivalli said...

Very interesting choice Padma...I was thinking abt the eggs and wanted something else..:)

Varada's Kitchen said...

Looks like a quiche. Looks great with all the colorful veggies added in.

Usha said...

Nice choice for Brazil.

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, this tarte looks absolutely incredible, with some salad i can happily finish my dinner.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Savory torts looks very inviting with all those green vegetables!!!

Suma Gandlur said...

That sounds like a frittata with loads of veggies.

Harini R said...

Good one, Padma. I can try substituting the eggs with tofu.

Pavani said...

Yummy, yummy torta filled with veggies. Looks too good.

cookingwithsapana said...

Very healthy and interesting combination of ingredients..

Padmajha said...

Looks so good with all those Veggies. Nice one Padma...

Unknown said...

Fantastic recipe choice dear and you have made them so perfect:) love the veggie addition makes it more colorful :)

Chef Mireille said...

like the brazilian version of quiche - how interesting

vaishali sabnani said...

What a colourful dish and such a lovely choice for B..though I wish it was egg less.

The Pumpkin Farm said...

this looks so beautiful and loved the way it is baked..very nice

Foodiliciousnan said...

Looks so colourful! Makes me want to try this immediately, bit will have to think of a way to substitute those three eggs!

Archana said...

Wow Padma this is yum. I ma bookmarking it.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Such a colourful looking torta. Looks like a filling meal..

Unknown said...

Torta looks tempting.. it looks similar to quiche.