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National dish of Mozambique

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  • Independence: 30. 11. 1990
  • Capital: Maputo
  • Official language: Portuguese
  • Population: 23 929 708
  • Area: 801 590 km2
  • International code: MZ
  • Currency: Mozambican metical (MZN)
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Peri Peri


  • 24 prawns (twelve count shrimp substitute)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups of cooked savory rice
  • 2 tablespoons peri peri oil (Palm oil infused with hot red peppers for at least 1 week)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 large ripe Tomatoes, diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups frozen sweet peas
Peri Peri is national food (dish) of Mozambique


Prepare Peri Peri sauce first, by sauteeing onion and garlic in Peri Peri oil until soft, then add diced tomatoes, stir to combine and simmer for 20 minutes on low heat, covered. After 20 minutes adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and keep warm. Reheat rice over a colander of boiling water, adding frozen sweet green peas 5 minutes before service. Bring olive oil to a hot smoke temperature and in batches fry the prawns until crisp, but not over done, about 4 minutes. Remove batches to paper towel and keep hot. Serve 6 prawns over savory rice per person and pass bowl of Peri Peri sauce to spoon over prawns. Prawns traditionally eaten shell on with fingers, and crispy heads sucked for flavor.


Curries or “Caril” are served hot in the Mozambican style, with “Manga Achar” which is mango chutney. The fish and the seafood of the Mozambican coastline are considered to be daintiness all over the world. The Mozambican coffees and teas from the Zambezia region are also considered to be best quality products. The Mozambican “Piri piri”, thehot pepper sauce is made of lemon juice, olive oil, coarse red pepper, garlic powder and salt. All these ingredients are mixed together in a small bowl and simmered. The traditional “Piri piri” has no Portuguese influences and is popular all over Mozambique. “Salada pera de abacate”, which translated means the Avocado Salad is also popular in most Mozambicans regions. This delicious salad is made of slices lettuces, two tomatoes, two avocados, lemon dressing made of lemon juice, olive oil and peach syrup, salt, pepper and salad herbs. “Ananas con vihno do porto” means Fresh pineapple in Port Wine and is made of ripe sweet pineapple, Sugar and red Port Wine. The pineapple needs to be cut into slices and the core needs to be removed. After covered with red Port Wine, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator for several hours. This Mozambican dish is served with spoons and forks. The shrimps and seafood cooked in the Mozambican way is popular all over Mozambique. The main ingredients for this fish dish are raw shrimps, crushed red pepper, salt, water, lemon wedges and “Piri piri”.

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