Mandioca potatoes or cassava roots (can be substituted with potatoes instead, refer to ＊ note)
Ingredients for the shrimp soup:
Regular-sized shrimp (or small size)
500-600 g (with the tails left on)
1 tablespoon (taste, and adjust if needed)
Finely chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon (increase the amount if you like)
Green bell pepper
Dendê oil (palm oil)
Finely chop all the vegetables except for the potatoes. Peel the tomatoes by roasting them over gas flame (refer to Note 1), take the seeds out, and finely chop them.
For the potato cream: Peel the potatoes, (cut into bite-sized pieces), then pulse in a food processor.
The potatoes should look like this.
Add the potatoes from Step 3 and the rest of the vegetables to a pot, and mix. Heat the pan over high heat, pour olive oil and coconut milk while stirring constantly.
It will burn easily so stir continuously.
Once the potatoes are cooked through, the color of the potato cream will turn yellow and it will become sticky. Hang in there, and continue mixing.
Once the potato cream is slightly bubbly, simmer for another 10 minutes, while stirring constantly to prevent it from burning. The potato cream will become thick and sticky.
How to make the shrimp soup: Pour olive oil and the garlic in a large deep pan and heat over high heat. Add the shrimp, vegetables, and salt, and heat until cooked through.
Pour coconut milk into the pan from Step 8 in several batches, once it comes to a boil, continue simmering over high heat for another 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add the potato cream from Step 7 to the shrimp soup from Step 9, combine well, and simmer for about 5 minutes while stirring constantly.
Before turning off the heat, pour in the dendê oil, and give it a quick stir.
Serve with long-grain rice (refer to Note 2). It will be delicious served with pimenta oil (Brazilian hot pepper oil), tabasco, or lemon juice, according to preference.
Note 1: Refer to "Quick! Easy! Foolproof! How to Toast and Peel Tomatoes" (Recipe ID: 801153).
Note 2: Refer to "How to cook long-grain rice" (Recipe ID: 802785).
Note: When making this dish with potatoes, the sauce will not thicken as much, so decrease the amount of coconut milk, and stir in a small amount of katakuriko dissolved in water, to thicken the sauce.
Story Behind this Recipe
This is an iconic dish from the Bahia region of Brazil.
Use any size and amount of shrimp depending on your circumstances. Dendê oil is a must item! is what I'd like to say, but it's perfectly fine, even without it. While enjoying this dish the other day, I couldn't help but wonder, if I use nam pla instead of dendê oil, this dish might as well become a Thai dish!