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By ELLE HARROW and TERRY MARKOWITZ | February 16, 2007
Not too many Lagunans may have made their way to the coastal country of Mozambique with its colorful seaside restaurants. We know that we haven't, so we were unaware that Portuguese sailors discovered Mozambique on their way to and from the spice-rich countries in the Far East. There, in this nation bordering the Indian Ocean, they found peri-peri, the African birds-eye chili, which became a staple in Portuguese sauces and marinades, especially for chicken and fish. Modern Mozambican cuisine reflects Portuguese and Far Eastern influences and, like the rest of southern Africa, also features curry dishes based on the cuisine of slaves brought there from Indonesia and India.
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