What has the power to transport you back home when you are far, far away and missing it terribly? For me, it is food! I confess the rich and diverse cuisine of my home country makes impossible to choose only one dish. When I think about home, several dishes spring right to mind. This creamy one pot shrimp in coconut sauce (camarão no leite de coco) had the power to transport my sweet Brazil onto my plate this time — and all the memories of those good old days. It is easy, summery, comforting — and SUPER delish… just like home!
This shrimp in coconut sauce (or camarão no leite de coco) is a trip to Ceará, a state in my Northeastern region where the recipe originally comes from. It is still a trip to Bahia, an Afro-Brazilian state in that same region since the dish is somewhat similar to its famous Bahian-style seafood stew known as Moqueca de Camarão. What it makes the dish a bit different from moqueca is the absence of palm oil and chunky vegetables. Note that cream cheese, basil, and red jalapenos were added to our Shrimp in Coconut Sauce — as they reflect our personal touch to the traditional recipe.
But the thing is, its aroma while cooking on the stove top still announces all of its boldness of flavor and contrasting textures… something very Northeastern, very home-sweet-home.
Time is not a problem in this case. This shrimp in coconut sauce can be prepared in about 30 minutes… and using simple ingredients such as jumbo shrimp, vegetables, coconut milk, fresh herbs, and spices. It can preferably be served over white rice — or noodles if you desire.
It is Latin food at its best!
Most importantly, it is a trip to the amazing flavors of tropical Brazil… home for me and an awarding and economical trip for you! 😉
As they say in Bahia, AXÉ!!! (a Yoruba language term meaning ‘power’ or ‘energy’)… and in Ceará, OXE! (Oh, wow!)