Maniçoba

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Maniçoba is a festive dish in Brazilian cuisine, especially from the Amazonian region. It is of indigenous origin, and is made with leaves of the Manioc plant that have been finely ground and boiled for a week (at least four days with the intent to remove the hydrogen cyanide that contains). To these boiled leaves (called "maniva" in Portuguese), salted pork, dried meat, and smoked ingredients, such as bacon and sausage, are added. The dish is served with rice and cassava meal (called "farinha"). The dish is most found in Belém, the capital of the State of Pará. People usually eat "maniçoba" during the Círio de Nazaré, the city's largest religious festival that takes place in October.

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