Armadillo Stew / Peba Caipira. Northern Brazil

Samba, Bikinis, bottoms, nuts. There were many things I was expecting to find while cycling in Brazil. This recipe was not one of them. While cycling in the dry surrounds of Norther Brazil, between the cities of Belem and Sao Luis, I was lucky or perhaps unlucky enough to try this simple recipe for armadillo stew. A first for me, it took some time for me to realize what I was eating. 

"Que es esso?" 

I asked in my worst Portuguese only for a small boy to hold up a plump and bewildered looking Armadillo.  In Northern Brazil many rural families keep a couple of thesebeast in the garden for special occasion. A tough and gamey meat, it tastes great in this rustic stew. If you cant get hold of an armadillo chicken or pork will do. armoured 

  • One whole armadillo, shelled, boned and gutted and cut into chunks
  • Juice of four limes
  • Cooking oil
  • 500ml of chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic chopped
  • a pinch of cumin
  • sprig of fresh thyme
  • cup of coconut milk
  • one large onion
  • one small chili, chopped
  • 6 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped 
  • one can of coconut milk

1. In a little oil sweat the onion in a large pan until translucent. Add the garlic, cumin and chili and continue to heat over gentle heat.
2. Add the armadillo to the pan and turn the meat so each piece so its starts to brown. Pour in the remaining lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Now add the chopped tomatoes, turn through the meat until it starts to bubble pour in the stock.
4. Once the contents of the pan is simmering away steadily pour in the coconut milk . lower the heat, cover the pot and cook for one hour or until the armadillo is tender.
5. Serve with rice, and a healthy pinch chopped parsley.


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