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One of the most famous Brazilian dishes is feijaja, and just like the Portuguese language, Brazil fejoaja shares its tradition and more of its culinary culture with some other countries, such as Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, East Timor, Goa and Macau. In Portuguese, the word feijoada comes from the word feijão, which simply means beans.
This dish is made mainly from beans and different types of meat in a stew. And it is believed that the feijada was created during the period of slavery in Brazil. At that time, slaves were only allowed to eat black beans because they were cheap and plentiful, and pork leftovers such as legs, ears, and tails. So using these ingredients, it is said that the slaves came out with a stew, now called feyoa.
The irony is that today, feijoada is a dish enjoyed by all social classes in the country, and it is one of the most famous dishes in Brazil. The only difference is that some people prefer to use beef instead of pork; and parts such as legs, tails and ears are no longer essential for food.
On Sundays, the most common day to enjoy a good fair run is. This is because, as a high-calorie meal, people spend an entire afternoon eating feijoa and drinking cold beer with their friends and families. This delicious dish is usually served with rice and roasted cassava flour – there are two other very important dishes in Brazilian cuisine.