Brazilian Challenge Day 162: Mandioquinha

So, thanks to my Brazilian husband, Day 162 of my focus on Brazilian immersion, I ate the most delish side dish – mashed mandioquinha! This is different than the mandioca root. How? Don’t ask me, I was too busy stuffing my face to ask about the details. He also added a bit of wasabi to add a little Japanese/Brazilian flare. I’ll have to get him to write down the recipe so I can submit it on Cooking In Brazil!

Sorry, I only have a picture of the lone left over mandiocinha. I ate the mashed product too fast to snap a photo.

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13 Responses to Brazilian Challenge Day 162: Mandioquinha

  1. Ray says:

    I love Mandioquinha, you should try the Gnochi made with the yellow goodness, you can find it at Galetto’s and other restaurants around the city.
    This is one of the single favorites we have never been able to find it in the US.
    Enjoy 🙂


  2. Ray says:

    OMG! I almost forgot, the Renaissance Hotel serves the BEST “Mandioquinha” cream I have ever tried in my life.
    You must go to the Renaissance Hotel and ask for “Creme de Mandioquinha”, they serve it with small cubes of “Queijo Coalho”.
    I think their restaurant on the top of the building is open to the public on Sundays…it is only open for Marriott loyalty members on weekdays… but their awesome restaurant on the bottom floor is always open. They do have a great view of the city.
    This is one Brazilian experience you cannot miss… !!! 🙂



  3. Erin Halm says:

    Mandioquinha is the Brazilian version of a parsnip. We have them in the US, only they are more whiteish rather than yellow. I make my mandioquinha pure with salt, butter, milk, plain yogurt and parmesan cheese. I mash it all together after boiling the mandioquinha and then I put it in the oven so the cheese can brown on top. Turns out very yummy.

  4. Leisa says:

    I will have to try this!

  5. Ray says:

    Dear Erin,

    Please give me a tip where to find “Mandioquinha” in the US. We have lived here for 15 years and have never ever found anything even close, and we have bought many things we tought were “mandioquinha”…
    Gil told me it’s also called Peruvian Parsnip…


  6. Roberta says:

    I REALLY would like to find mandioquinha here in the US. I am currently searching for even seeds or starters so I can try to plant it, but even that is hard to find. If anyone find where to buy the product please please let me know!

    • Where do you live? There is a Brazilian neighborhood in Newark, NJ with a lot of great food shops.

      • Roberta says:

        I live in Washington State, we do have a Brazilian store here, but they don’t have any produce 😦 I tried to grow jilo’ – a type of eggplant, you probably know about it. The plant takes a long time to take off and when the fruit comes, it is already October 😦 I will try again next year.

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