Since I came back from Brazil, I’ve been dying to try some new recipes but for some reason (possibly laziness) I’ve been putting it off for quite some time. But not anymore! Today I’m sharing how to make Brazilian Tapioca.
If you don’t know what that is yet, let me introduce you to it. Tapioca is a typical Brazilian dish made with tapioca starch/flour. It’s commonly eaten as a breakfast dish or light meal. Sometimes even as a snack, depending on how hungry you are.
Tapioca starch is a staple ingredient in the Brazilian diet as it’s a cheap ~and delicious~ alternative to flour and its versatility is amazing, plus it’s a bless to all coeliacs. Tapioca has its origins in the northern states of Brazil, but it’s widely found all over the country.
The flour is made from a root (Cassava) also popular in South East Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. So here in Australia, I use the oriental type of starch (same, same but different).
The root itself, cassava, is also widely used in Brazilian cooking. Perfect as a side dish, served fried or boiled and with meats or even just butter, a typical breakfast in the North-eastern parts of Brazil.
How to Make (Brazilian) Tapioca
Now that you know a little more about this Brazilian staple, it’s time to get cooking.
To make the tapioca (as Brazilians know it), you have to hydrate the starch to create a thicker flour. Then it will be sieved and cooked over a hot pan. The process is simple but it may need a little bit of adjusting to it.
I’ll give you a little step-by-step to guide you through it:
Start simply with tapioca starch and water. Coffee for energy.
Add water slowly mixing through with your hands until it becomes crumbly.
Once the tapioca is hydrated, use a sieve to eliminate large crumbs. You can add salt too if you want to use your tapioca for savoury foods or you can add shredded coconut for sweet recipes (or nothing at all).
This is one of the ways to hydrate your tapioca and the easiest I know.
Now, if you want you can store the tapioca for around 1 week in the fridge or you can prepare your tapioca straight away. Just sift the flour on top of a hot pan and the tapioca will cook for 1 minute. Then turn it around and fill it with a sweet or savoury topping of your choice and fold it in half.
I’ve just shared a quick IGTV so you can see the whole process in action!
- 500 gr of tapioca starch
- 1½ cup of water
- Salt (optional)
- Add the tapioca starch in a large bowl.
- Slowly add water until it is moist but not excessively wet.
- Sift the tapioca over a hot pan making sure to cover all pan.
- Turn the tapioca after 1 minute or so.
- Add the fillings of choice and fold it.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Tomato & cheese
- Cheese tomato and basil
- Sautéed mushrooms
- Spinach and feta
- Tomato and spinach
- Peanut butter
- Homemade Nutella
- Chocolate & coconut
- Homemade caramel
- Banana & Cinnamon
- Apple, Cinnamon & Clove
- Jam of your choice
The sky is the limit and you can be creative with your fillings. But let me know if you discover an amazing combination! I’d love to try new combos.
I hope you guys enjoyed the recipe and hope you get the chance to try something deliciously different!
Peace & Love,