Coconut beans are beans made from scratch that are blended with coconut milk in the blender and served as a side dish. A real must-try vegetarian dish!
If you are not from Brazil or haven’t yet had the opportunity of a visit, you may not know how crazy we are for beans. So crazy that we have them made in many ways — including what we call coconut beans or feijão de coco.
This is so true that our national dish is in fact Feijoada (Black Bean Stew). In Brazil, there are many different types of beans, as well as multiple different ways of preparing them. Besides stews made with beans, there are recipes that mix cooked and strained beans with farofa and kale (Feijão Tropeiro), while others turn them into soup (Sopa de Feijão com Bacon), form them into deep-fried cakes (Bolinho de Feijão), or blend them with coconut milk.
By the way, have you ever tried Coconut Beans?
If not, I do hope that you will give it a try.
The wonderful recipe that I am about to share with you comes from Bahia, a state in the Northeast of Brazil with a strong Afro-Brazilian cultural heritage.
Coconut Beans has a mild coconut taste and a creamy texture. It is often eaten with white rice, and Moqueca (a seafood stew made with vegetables, coconut milk, and palm oil) or a meat stew.
If you are a vegetarian, you can accompany it with white rice and a vegetable stew instead.
In fact, Coconut Beans is not only a vegetarian dish, but a dairy and gluten-free dish as well.
It is traditionally an Easter dish, although it is served all year round in Brazil.