Have you heard of Tapioca, or Beijú? This is a very common dish in the North of Brazil, but we also enjoy it in Minas Gerais, the southeastern state where I’m from in Brazil.
What makes it so special? It’s a gluten-free “crepe” like dish that is filling, versatile and can be made savory or sweet depending on the filling of your choice .
Here is one of my favorites: Honey coconut filling. The best part is that the tapioca itself is completely Guilt-Free. I could hardly believe it’s consistency can be reached so easily with only 2 ingredients: Manioc starch and Water
The “starch” is made of yucca root, aka “mandioca” making it a gluten-free ingredient requiring only water mixed in slowly as you “massage” is the starch, later straining it onto the hot skillet, filling it with whatever your heart desires and folding it in half or rolling it. No hassle, no oil, no salt or sugar!
- 1 kg Amido de mandioca (manioc starch)
- 2 cups water (will be added little by little)
What you need:
- A mixing bowl
- A small or medium skillet or frying pan (depending on the size you wish)
- Medium strainer
- Place manioc starch into mixing bowl. Little by little, add water to starch and massage it until it turns I to a crumble.
- Place small size skillet over medium heat. Add 2-3 tbsp (handful) of mixture into strainer and press it down so that a thin, strained coat of starch remains falls over the skillet making a layer of “tapioca”.
- Add your toppings of choice, here is where you can get creative with the filling:
- Cheese + tomato + oregano
- Ham + cheese
- Shredded beef or chicken
- Cheese + Mixed veggies
- Shredded Coconut + honey
- Hazelnut spread + strawberries
- Nut or peanut butter and chocolate
- Fresh fruit and Greek yogurt
PS: The options for toppings and fillings are endless. You do YOU!
FOLD IT UP!
Fold the tapioca “crepe” in half. You may also roll it up, I prefer it like this. Just like magic, it solidifies without any oil, fat, or animal product! It’s amazing, healthy, filling and delicious!
This makes a lot of tapiocas, about 15-20. You may reduce the portions to your needs and the amount of people you want to feed! The tapioca starch can usually be found on the ethnic or Hispanic isle of your supermarket.
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That’s really cool, Ana!!
Love your recipes!!!!! I want more,
Especially since they are in the US so less conversions! Lol. Thanks
Coming right up! LOL
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