It's Carnaval time in Brazil and the streets of Rio do Janeiro are flooded with people, music and food.
Feijoada is one of many dishes offered proudly by the locals as a national treat that everyone should enjoy.
The recipe here is simpler than the original one and it does not call for ingredients that are not easy to find.
You can always substitute the beef with pork which is one of the meats used in a traditional feijoada, either way the dish is really good and hearty enough for these last cold winter days.
- 1/2 pound dry black beans, soaked overnight in 5 cups water
- 1 pound cubed beef ( such as chuck or any meat used for stewing)
- 1/2 pound smoked sausage, cut in pieces
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt, pepper
Heat oil in a large pot, sautee the onions until they become soft, add tomatoes, garlic, cumin and the bay leaves and mix well. After about five minutes add the meat and sausage, let it cook for 10 minutes. Add the beans with the liquid they were soaked in, mix well adding salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 40 minutes stirring occasionally until beans are fully cooked. Serve with white rice.