Supporting a team in the ongoing FIFA World Cup is serious business. Jerseys are bought, themed screenings are hosted, colours are matched, beer is ordered, cocktails are made and food, of course, is readied too. But if the fan in you feels like doing something extra this time, then ditch the usual match grub. Instead, let your menu do the cheering, with these signature dishes from some of the countries that have made it to the second round of the tournament. In many places, these meals are even considered their unofficial national dishes. To get you started, we’ve put together a list of some of these preparations. From the Netherlands’ Stamppot and Costa Rica’s Gallo Pinto, to Colombia’s Bandeja Paisa and Brazil’s Feijoada, there’s a lot you can experiment with. (Text: Serena Menon)
MOUSSAKA, Greece Widely believed to be Greece’s national meal, Moussaka is a baked dish made using ground beef, eggplant slices, tomato cubes, chopped onions, garlic and cheese. The eggplant slices are fried, while the rest of the ingredients are cooked separately. Once the eggplant is done, the slices are placed at the bottom of a pan and the filling is poured on top, creating a few layers, before all of it is baked together.