PLP 013 – Intermediate - Cooking vocabulary in Portuguese

Topic: Vocabulary to use while cooking

Olá everybody!

This intermediate episode is a vocabulary pill and we will learn vocabulary related with cooking. We will the use it to cook a special Portuguese dish.

In this episode you learn:

  • How to say the ingredients.

  • Verbs related with cooking.

  • Kitchen utensils.

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Vocabulary

The topic today is vocabulary related to cooking. You will learn a delicious Portuguese recipe in the next episode, I'm sure this will boost your appetite. It's called Bacalhau à Brás, and it's one of many typical and easy dishes to prepare.

First the ingredients you will use in the recipe. I will mention the article and the plural of the noun, if applicable.

As always, the Portuguese word is followed by the English translation.

  • o bacalhau (-s) - salt cod

  • o azeite (-s) - olive oil

  • a cebola (-s) - onion

  • o alho (-s) - garlic

  • a batata (-s) - potato

    • a batata cozida - boiled potato

    • a batata frita - fried potato, french fries

    • a batata assada - baked potato

    • a batata palha - thinly chopped fried potatoes

  • a folha de louro (-s, -s) - bay leaf

  • o ovo (-s) - egg

  • a salsa - parsley

  • o sal - salt

  • a pimenta - pepper

  • a azeitona (-s) - olive

    • as azeitonas pretas - black olives

    • as azeitonas verdes - green olives

These are the ingredients for our recipe, some are recurrent in the Portuguese Cuisine, so it's a good idea to memorize them. Some of my students don't like garlic, if this is also your case, let me warn you, you will have trouble here finding something to eat without it.

Now, the actions we will be doing while cooking. We will not need all of the following verbs for our recipe, but they will be important for you in the future, I am sure!

  • abrir - to open

  • acrescentar - to add (or juntar, adicionar)

  • assar - to bake

  • aumentar - to increase (aumentar o lume, increase the heat)

  • bater - to beat

  • colocar - to place

  • confeccionar - to prepare food, to cook

  • cortar - to cut

  • cozer - to boil

  • cozinhar - to cook

  • decorar - to decorate

  • deitar - to pour

  • deixar - to let

    • deixar cozinhar - to let it cook

    • deixar aquecer - to let it heat

    • deixar arrefecer - to let it cool

    • deixar alourar - to let it golden

    • deixar escorrer - to let it drain

  • demolhar - to soak

  • descascar - to peel

  • desfiar - to break apart, to shred

  • escorrer - to drain

  • estufar - to stew

  • fatiar - to slice

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  • fritar - to fry

  • gratinar - au gratin

  • grelhar - to grill

  • levar ao lume - literally “take to the fire” (place over the heat)

  • mexer - to stir

  • misturar - to mix

  • partir - to break

  • picar - to chop

  • preparar - to prepare

  • polvilhar - to sprinkle

  • reduzir - to reduce (reduzir o lume, to reduce the heat)

  • refogar - to sauté

  • reservar - to set aside

  • retirar - to remove

  • tapar - to cover

  • temperar - to season

  • servir - to serve

    And finally some kitchen utensils:

  • a colher (-es) - spoon

  • a faca (-s) - knife

  • a frigideira (-s) - frying pan

  • o garfo (-s) - fork

  • a panela (-s) - pan

  • o prato (-s) - dish

  • a receita (-s) - recipe

  • o recipiente (-s) - container

  • o tacho (-s) - pot

  • a travessa (-s) - tray

 

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