The 4th of October is a Mozambican national holiday. The Day of Peace and Reconciliation is basically a celebration of the end of the civil war that spanned over 15 years in Mozambique.
Upon Mozambique’s independence from Portugal a socialist one-party state was established. Anti-communists rebelled against the Marxist regime of President Samora Machel and the rebellion escalated into a full-blown civil war.
In 1992; on October 4 to be precise, the opposing parties signed the Rome General Peace Accords which officially ended the Mozambican civil war. The celebration of the signing of the agreement’s anniversary is called Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
The festivities range from official speeches to sporting competitions. They also include parades, performances and other activities. In Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, more elaborate celebrations take place.
I like a little challenge and who wouldn’t when you have so many vegan options to choose from? This Vegan Cocada Amarela is considered a healthier version of the original recipe, because it simply has no eggs. And we all know how bad eggs are for our cholesterol levels! Of course, having too much coconut is also bad for you!
Cocada Amarela originates from Angola but is widely eaten in Mozambique.
You can adjust the consistency to your liking by adding more water to have a less thick pudding.
Vegan Cocada Amarela Recipe
- 1 cup raw white rice
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 pinch nutmeg
Add all ingredients to a pot and bring it to the boil. Reduce the heat, stir then cover pot. Let rice cook over low heat while being covered for 20 minutes or until it reaches pudding consistency.