Mozambican food is mainly made of cassava, millet flour, rice, fish or seafood. Ginger, lime, coconut milk and chili (piri-piri) are the basic flavors.
The culinary tradition of Mozambique is influenced by its History. Since the Middle Age, Arabic merchants have conveyed spices by the Silk Road from India to Africa, including Mozambique.
In the 15th century, Mozambique became a Portuguese colony. Located on the shores of the Indian Ocean and placed on the Spice Route (a trade route connecting Portugal to India by the Atlantic, then by the Indian Ocean), it is still widely supplied with spices.
The Mozambican food has integrated the colors of the Indian curries (caril) brought by these Arab and then Portuguese merchants. She was also inspired by the richness of Portuguese food, for example by incorporating the potato.
Fernando Vasco Chirunda presents here his delicious family recipe for a typical Mozambican dish: Caril de Matapa.