Banana farofa is a Brazilian side dish that is prepared by toasting cassava flour and bananas.
Here’s how you can make it:
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 1/2 cup of cassava flour (also known as manioc flour)
- Salt to your liking
- Chopped scallions or parsley for decoration
- Begin by peeling the bananas and slicing them into slim rounds.
- Take a large skillet and melt the butter over moderate heat. Add the sliced bananas to the skillet and cook until they become soft and lightly browned, which should take roughly 2–3 minutes.
- Set the cooked bananas aside and remove them from the skillet.
- Next, put the cassava flour in the same skillet and cook while stirring constantly, until it becomes fragrant and lightly toasted, which should take about 5-7 minutes.
- Return the cooked bananas to the skillet with the cassava flour and stir the ingredients together until they are thoroughly combined.
- Season the banana farofa with salt as per your liking. Add chopped scallions or parsley on top of the dish as a garnish and serve hot as a side dish.
Pro-tip: You can also enhance the Brazilian banana farofa flavor by adding ingredients such as garlic, onions, olives, or bacon to the dish.
Enjoy this dish with picanha, feijoada, moqueca, shrimp bobó, or your favorite main course.