Peixinhos da horta

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A plate of Peixinhos da horta

Peixinhos da horta (Portuguese pronunciation: [pɐjˈʃĩɲuʒ] or [pejˈʃĩɲuʒ ðɐ ˈɔɾtɐ]) is a traditional dish in Portuguese cuisine. The name of the dish is literally translated as "vegetable garden fishies", as it resembles small pieces of colorful fish.[1] It was introduced to Japan by Jesuit missionaries in the sixteenth century, where it was eventually developed into tempura.[2][3]

Preparation[edit]

Peixinhos da horta is usually prepared with green beans in a wheat flour based batter that are then deep fried.[4] Other vegetables such as bell peppers and squash are also used.

Origin[edit]

It possible[citation needed] that the Portuguese picked the technique up from Goa which was their colony in India and this could very well be a variation of the pakora.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peixinhos da Horta
  2. ^ Charles Lemos (1998). Everybody's San Francisco Cookbook. Good Life Publications. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-886776-01-2. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Morieda, Takashi. "Tracking Down Tempura". The World of Kikkoman. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  4. ^ S. Cunningham Dryburgh (translator) (2002). La Cucina Portoghese. Ediz. Inglese. Casa Editrice Bonechi. p. 17. ISBN 9788847609211. Retrieved 22 March 2016.