Moqueca (Seafood & Coconut Chowder)
This seafood stew from Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, dates back hundreds of years and reflects the region’s diverse population and history. It merges the African ingredients of dendê (red palm oil) and coconut milk with indigenous traditions of preparing seafood in clay pots over coals. Dendê is traditionally used for its rich flavor and beautiful red color, but you can use canola oil instead, as the tomato paste will still lend the dish a vibrant hue.
Tip: Dendê (red palm oil) gets its vibrant color from the pulp of the fruit of the oil palm tree. It is not the same as palm kernel oil, which is made from the seeds, not the pulp. Choose cold-pressed, unrefined red palm oil that bears a Palm Done Right seal of approval.