Learn Portuguese by Cooking

How about a lesson that ends in a tasty reward? For all you omnivores out there, let’s explore some vocabulary in context for different types of meat, vegetables, and other ingredients with these family receitas Play normal audio recipes contributed by one of our team members and his mother. Thanks Eduardo and Fernanda! 🙌
Learn the vocabulary in the ingredients list and then challenge yourself to remember it in the recipe steps.

Carolos à Moda da Beira-Alta (Beira-Alta Style Carolos)

Ingredients:

  • 175 Play normal audio gramas Play normal audio grams de paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio of carolos de milho Play normal audio coarse cornmeal, similar to grits or polenta
  • 500 Play normal audio gramas de couratos limpos Play normal audio raw pork rinds
  • 500 Play normal audio gramas de entrecosto Play normal audio spare ribs
  • uma cabeça de alho picada Play normal audio a head of minced garlic
  • folha de louro Play normal audio bay leaf
  • vinho tinto Play normal audio red wine
  • 1.3 Play normal audio litros Play normal audio liters de água paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio water
  • sal Play normal audio salt

Step 1


Marinate the couratos limpos Play normal audio and entrecosto Play normal audio for two days before the meal. Cut the meat aos pedaços Play normal audio in pieces and place it in a alguidar Play normal audio bowl with a head of minced alho Play normal audio , 2 folhas de louro Play normal audio , sal Play normal audio , and vinho tinto Play normal audio . Atenção: O vinho deverá cobrir a carne Play normal audio Attention: The wine should cover the meat

Step 2


On the day of the meal, wash the carolos Play normal audio several times in order to remove the bran (outer layer).

Step 3


Add the carolos Play normal audio and água paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio to a panela Play normal audio pot, season with sal Play normal audio , and cook for about meia hora Play normal audio half an hour on medium-high heat.

Step 4


Finally, remove the meat from the marinade and add the meat to the panela Play normal audio , along with a little more vinho tinto Play normal audio . Let it cook for another half hour, stirring as needed.

Step 5


E está pronto a servir! Play normal audio And it's ready to serve!

Rancho à Moda de Viseu (Viseu-style Rancho)

Ingredients:

  • 500g de vitela Play normal audio veal
  • 500g de entrecosto Play normal audio spare ribs
  • 500g de frango paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio chicken
  • 500g de entremeada Play normal audio sliced pork belly
  • 1 chouriça de carne Play normal audio chorizo, meat sausage
  • 300 Play normal audio gramas de grão Play normal audio chickpeas
  • 400 Play normal audio gramas de massa macarrão Play normal audio macaroni pasta (straight tube-shaped cut pasta, not elbow macaroni)
  • um quilo Play normal audio 1 kg de batatas Play normal audio potatoes
  • 4 cenouras Play normal audio carrots
  • 1 couve portuguesa Play normal audio collard greens, Portuguese cabbage
  • 1 cebola Play normal audio onion
  • tomate Play normal audio tomato
  • alho Play normal audio garlic
  • louro Play normal audio bay (leaf)
  • azeite paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio olive oil
  • sal Play normal audio salt

Steps:

  1. The day before the meal, soak the grão Play normal audio to help them soften and cook better.
  2. On the day of the meal, coza o grão em água abundante temperada com sal Play normal audio cook the chickpeas in a large amount of water seasoned with salt
  3. In another pan cook the vitela Play normal audio
  4. When the veal is tenra Play normal audio tender, add the entremeada Play normal audio , the chouriça de carne Play normal audio , the entrecosto Play normal audio , and the frango paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio , and deixe cozer mais um pouco Play normal audio let it cook a little more
  5. Entretanto Play normal audio Meanwhile, peel and corte Play normal audio cut the batatas Play normal audio , dice the cenoura Play normal audio , aos cubinhos Play normal audio into little cubes, shred the couve portuguesa Play normal audio , and set aside.
  6. After cooking, break the meat into pieces and reserve the água da cozedura Play normal audio cooking water
  7. Chop a cebola Play normal audio and some alho Play normal audio
  8. Heat azeite paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio in a pan and add the cebola Play normal audio , alho Play normal audio , and a folha de louro Play normal audio
  9. When the onion starts to brown, add some tomate maduro Play normal audio ripe tomato and let it stew
  10. Add the pieces of meat and a little bit of the reserved água da cozedura Play normal audio
  11. Add the batatas descascadas Play normal audio peeled potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. Let cook for a few minutes.
  12. Add the macarrão Play normal audio macaroni and cook for about quinze paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio 15 minutes
  13. Add the cooked grão Play normal audio near the end
Atenção: O rancho deve ficar com bastante caldo. Deve comer-se com colher, por isso deve juntar-se mais água se for necessário. Play normal audio Attention: The Rancho should contain plenty of broth. It should be eaten with a spoon, so more water should be added if necessary.

Comments:

  • It would be wonderful if the cooking content,was written and everything in audio, where we could pause the audio and repeat it to ourselves while cooking, step by step. That would be real time learning Portuguese while cooking. The learning content will really sink in.

    • Thanks Isabel, good points! Maybe we could work on creating some recipes as Shorties. Just added this to the list. 🙂

  • Yes, please! Following recipes on YouTube has been an interesting challenge, since the dishes are all new to me. Pão de banana comes close to what I know! — but there are so many actions (chop, mince, slice, dice, whip, beat, stir, fold…) that it’s tricky to translate. https://receitasdoparaiso.pt/ has been a great resource for listening along to recipes!

  • I think it would be great to have a “Portuguese dish” section where you or others can list Portuguese recipes (as a way to become more familiar with the food, ingredients, culture and even trying them for maximum experience 🙂

  • love this!!! My grandmother made these recipe. She also made something she called (I’m spelling it phonetically) vine thaws o bacalhau. d
    o you know it?Can you put it on a a shortie?

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