INGREDIENTS FOR TUTU DE FEIJÃO
To make Brazilian Refried Beans, you will need:
- Olive Oil
- Bay Leaves
- Salt and Pepper
- Cassava Flour
WHAT KIND OF BEANS ARE USED FOR TUTU DE FEIJÃO?
Tutu à Mineira is traditionally made with either black or carioca beans.
While this recipe calls for the black variety, I usually make it with whatever kind I have on hand. Black beans, pinto beans and even white beans – they are all great for Tutu de Feijão!
Being Brazilian, my pantry is constantly stocked with several kinds of beans. The U.S. grows more than 10 varieties of beans, so I can always find what I need to make the dishes from my home country!
Thanks to state-of-the-art harvesting equipment, handling practices and production processes, the United States is the global leader in dry bean production, planting from 1.5 to 1.7 million acres of edible dry beans per year.
WHAT IS CASSAVA FLOUR?
Cassava Flour, also known as Manioc Flour or Yuca Flour, is made from the whole root of the cassava plant.
Cassava is a tropical plant that bears an tuberous root that is rich in carbohydrates and used in many South American dishes, both sweet and savory.
The mild flavored root is dried and ground to produce cassava flour, a great alternative for gluten free cooking and baking. In Brazil, it is often used to make farofa or simply sprinkled over beans!
This flour is gaining momentum in the U.S. as a gluten-free alternative, so I’m hoping we will soon be able to easily find it at all grocery stores. However, for now, you can find it at Brazilian stores or online.
ARE CASSAVA AND TAPIOCA FLOUR THE SAME?
No, they are not.
While they both come from the same plant and are sometimes used interchangeably, they are different products with different applications.
Tapioca flour is the bleached and extracted starch from the cassava root. It is usually used as a thickener due to its high starch content.
Cassava flour, or Farinha de Mandioca, is just the ground-up root. It contains lots of fiber, making it ideal for more structured dishes.
WHAT CAN I USE IF I CAN’T FIND MANIOC FLOUR?
You can use fine corn flour or finely ground breadcrumbs instead.