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Acarajé - Brazilian Black Eyed Pea Fritters

By January 22, 2013

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Acaraje - Brazilian Black-eyed Pea Fritters
Acarajé are fritters made from a batter of seasoned black-eyed peas - very similar to the Nigerian fritters called akara. In Brazil, acarajé are a very popular street food, especially in Bahia. The fritters are seasoned with dried shrimp and fried in dende (palm) oil. Brazilians like to fill acaraje with vatapa (a shrimp and cashew stew) and top that off with salsa and hot peppers. 
Though it sounds like a lot of work, it's actually not difficult to remove the skins from dried black-eyed peas - if you know a few tricks. The resulting batter will be smoother and have a sweeter, less earthy flavor, so it's definitely worth the effort. Plus, that is just how you are supposed to make them. But I have a short-cut recipe for acaraje using canned black eyed peas too, if you are really pressed for time.

Recipe for Acaraje - Brazilian Black Eyed Pea Fritters
Shortcut Acarajé with Shrimp and Onions

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