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.
NOW FOR THE FLOUR:---
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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