Angola: Calulu de Pixe

I found many similar recipes for this dish, but rather than merge them into our own recipe this time, I followed the Calulu de Pixe recipe from this website.  We weren’t entirely happy with how our last African dish turned out (Algerian Vegetables with Couscous), so we strictly followed a recipe this time.  We did scale the recipe to about 1/2… over 2 lbs of fish seemed like a lot.

We used about 1 lb of tilapia for the fish.  Since we bought frozen fish filets, we started by thawing the fish.  Then we made the marinade of lemon juice, garlic, and salt.

Angola_fish_marinade

Then we mixed it with the fish and gave it 20 minutes to marinade.

Angola_mainating_fish

Much like our Algerian meal, this dish called for lots of vegetables, including spinach, tomatoes, onions, okra, and pepper.  I saw references to Birds-eye peppers in other Angolan recipes, so we bought Thai peppers, which seem to be a different name for the same thing.  The recipe called for just one pepper, but in retrospect we should have used a couple more since it was not as flavorful as we expected.

Angola_stew_ingredients

The fish and vegetables were layered in a stockpot:

Calulu_de_pixe_in_pot

Then we poured the palm oil on top.  We have never encountered palm oil before, but it is weird stuff…

Calulu_de_pixe_with_palm_oil

The recipe stated to add water at this point, but it didn’t say how much.  I added about 2 cups, thinking most of it would boil off (it didn’t).  I let this simmer for a while… probably 20 minutes or so.  I think it was a little overcooked by the end, due to the funge taking longer than expected.

Calulu_de_pixe_cooked

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