Brazilian Shrimp Fritters (Acarajé)

Acarajé are Brazilian Shrimp Fritters, which originate in the region of Bahia. It´s a mixture of Brazilian and African cooking and flavor. It´s a delicious fast food that can be found on street vendors all over. They are a slightly complicated to make but totally delicious and are sure to impress. If you have any questions or comments about this recipe please place them in the comment box below.

For the Dough:
1 lbs. of black-eyed peas
8 cups of water
1 large onion, cut into 4 pieces
4 cups of palm oil (dende oil) for frying
Salt to taste

For the Vatapa:
1/4 cup peanuts
1/4 cup cashew nuts
1/2 cup dried shrimp
1/2 cup black-eyed peas
1/2 cup palm oil
1/2 cup of bread shelled (s)
1/4 cup of tomato chopped
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup vegetable broth
2 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped coriander
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Caruru:
1 cup okra
1/4 cup dried shrimp
1/6 cup Vegetable broth
1/4 cup of coconut milk
1 tablespoon palm oil
1 tablespoon cashews crushed
1 tasblespoon peanuts crushed
4 garlic cloves minced
Salt to taste

Making the Vatapa:
1) In a bowl place the sliced ​​bread, add milk until it absorbs the milk.
2) Place in a saucepan and bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
3) Combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend with vegetable broth.
4) Add to the mix that is already in the saucepan and cook on medium high for 10 minutes or until done.
5) Set aside in a bowl.

Making the Caruru:
1) In a saucepan place the palm oil, add onion and garlic and let it brown.
2) Add the okra, the vegetable broth and simmer until the okra is tender.
3) Finally add the remaining ingredients, and cook a little more and knock everything in blender until the mixture is even and consistent.
4) Set aside in a bowl.

Making the Dough:
1) Place the beans in a container and soak them with 8 cups of water the day before for about 12 hours.
2) Put your hands in the water with the beans and rub well with both hands the beans to remove the shell.
3) Continue rubbing and rinsing as often as necessary to remove all the shell with black flecks.
4) Drain using a strainer and set aside.
5) Put the beans, onion and salt in a food processor or blender and blend well until a soft dough even consistency.
6) Add a little water if the dough is too thick.
7) Place the dough in a bowl in the refrigerator for an hour.
8) Take a saucepan or deep skillet with palm oil to medium high heat.
9) Mold the dough into large dumpling sized balls and fry them until they are well browned.
10) Cut in half and fill with the vatapa and caruru, and some hot sauce if you want a spicy kick. Serve while hot and enjoy!

*If you can’t find dried shrimp locally, you can buy some here on Amazon*

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