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Monday, September 15, 2014

Arroz Verde Recipe ( Green rice) | Doce de Abóbora com Côco ( Pumpkin Jam With Coconut) -Mozambique/Mozambican Cuisine

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Today's Letter is M to break the desserts I have been making last week I made a main dish and preserve start with this week. For M i chose Mozambique. Mozambique cuisine is highly influenced by Portugal cuisine as there was colonization by Portuguese in this country. Mozambican cuisine is rich in meats , seafood and the Hot piri piri sauce is also famous here and used in Mozambican cooking method.Curries or also known as Caril here are prepared hot and people love spicy food here. They have some tradition similar to Portuguese like every Friday's are ,meatless they don't eat meat I remember some of tamil friends to saying Friday's they don't eat meat so this custom is followed in India too.

I chose a main dish to which the a rice dish which is similar to our Indian cooking method, Do you like kothamalli sadham / coriander rice it is similar to our Indian coriander rice but with very less spices add the flavor of coriander really pops up very well in this rice. Today I made this for dinner with some braised pumpkin which is even and  a Mozambique specialty But i guess I made it very less  Couldn't click it as my HD had it all after he was home from office. I will make it sometime and post it in a separate post. I made a jam from this country which will really interest you all. A jam with Pumpkin I have never tried and seriously it tasted delicious spread on a bread slice :) . And you will not believe it is jam but it is made super quick... Lets move to the recipes without further ado.. I adapted both recipe from Cook guru

Portuguese Green rice

Mozanbique Green rice

Arroz Verde

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
10 mins
20 mins
Arroz verde recipe
  Rice - 2 cups
  Coriander leaves - 1 bunch 
  Oil - 1 tbsp
  Onions- 1 no
  Garlic - 2 cloves 
  Green or red pepper- 1 no
  Salt to taste
  Pepper to taste

  • Wash the rice well and drain the water.
  • Grind the coriander with water to form a puree.
  • In a sauce pan heat oil, add minced garlic and saute for a while
  • Now add chopped onions and saute them till they turn translucent.
  • Then add chopped peppers and saute them for a while.
  • Add the coriander puree and cook it foe 2-3 seconds.
  • Transfer the coriander mixture to the washed rice and cook the rice in a rice cooker or pressure cooker. You ca even cook them o stove but I prefer in rice cooker.
  • Add 2 cups water to the rice and turn on the rice cooker or if using pressure cooker cook it for 2-3 whistles till the rice is done ( this depends on the pressure cooker you have).
  • Once the rice is cooked mix well from bottom so thats it combines well but don't break the rice.
  • Serve it warm.

Coriander rice/ kothamalli sadam Recipe

Mozambique Pumpkin jam with coconut

Pumpkin jam recipe

Doce de Abóbora com Côco 

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
10 mins
15 mins

Jam/ preserves recipes

  Pumpkin / Butter squash - 1 cup heaped 
  (large chunks)
  Sugar - 1/4 cup
  Grated Coconut - 1tsp

  • Cook pumpkin / squash with very little water till they cook well and are soft.
  • Mash them well .
  • In a sauce pan put the mashed , sugar and cook them well till it thickens a bit.
  • Add coconut  and mix them well.
  • Cook them well stiring continuously till is thick but not dry.
  • Transfer it to a jar and store it in airtight container.

Bread jam recipe

Mozambican Pumpkin jam


  1. The pumpkin preserve looks delicious. Beautiful color. The rice is a nice and healthy main dish.

  2. loved the rice and the preserve both, i had made the spicy pumpkin version once this one looks equally delectable

  3. The rice seem to have been cooked to perfection! me I have not even looked at this country!..very good choice!

  4. Am in love with this pumpkin jam, definitely a new one for me.. Rice looks simply flavourful and fabulous.

  5. Rice looks so flavorful and the jam is looking so good.

  6. A unique country for the alphabet M...first the rice looks so healthy with that green coriander..the pumpkin preserve has such a beautiful colour and looks amazing, adding coconut to it is something I have never heard, must be so unique.

  7. Both the dishes are awesome. Arroz verde turned out perfect, rice is grainy and perfectly cooked. Love the color of the pumpkin jam.

  8. Awesome dishes combined with the stunning pictures,

  9. That fruit jam with coconut is interesting and sounds lovely. And that rice is cooked to perfection. each grain stands apart.

  10. i've made pumpkin jam before but not with coconut - I would love that for sure and love the vibrant color of the rice

  11. Both the dishes look so colorful and delicious. Rice has many similarities to Indian cuisine. Pumpkin jam/ spread looks amazing.

  12. The rice looks tempting. And love the colour of the pumpkin jam..

  13. Flavorful rice and love that jam!!!! A Breakfast and a lunch settled!!

  14. The rice looks perfect and that pumpkin preserve is something that I will be making soon.Looks so good Manjula...

  15. The rice looks yum but this jam gets done tomorrow.


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