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Brazilian Acaraje

Acaraje Recipe

Acaraje is a recipe typical of the Bahia state, especially popular in San Salvador de Bahia, city best known simply as Bahia.
Acarajé can be prepared in two different ways, one simpler and another in a more delicate taste where shrimps are added.

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Picture of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil


Basic recipe:

Leave in water soaking overnight two pounds of white beans. Add to this water some laurel leaves, a couple of garlic cloves and salt.
Then strongly rub the beans with a kitchen towel, so that the beans’ skins will come off. Save a couple of cups of that water.
One big onion
3 cloves of garlic
½ spoon of cayenne (if you wish)
Salt, pepper to your taste
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 soupspoons of Dende oil
Put in a blender or processor machine, the beans without the skin, the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, baking powder and one cup of the water you previously saved. Blend it until white dough is formed.
In a frying pan put abundant oil to heat and to it you add the two spoonfuls of Dende oil. When the oil is very hot, you start putting into it spoonfuls of the prepared dough. The rolls must be golden in the outside, turning them around in the hot oil, only once in the pan.
When ready, put them on paper towels to drain the extra oil before serving them.

Another recipe:

Proceed just as in the previous recipe but to the dough you add half a cup of dried shrimps. The rest of the recipe is just like the first one.
Acarajé’s secret is to continue beating all along while you are cooking the ones in the oil. This dough makes a sort of liquid in the bowl until it is being cooked and this also makes it more difficult for its correct frying. This is avoided by beating it continuosly.
You can serve them with shrimp sauce or filled in with cooked shrimps.

Sauce: Put into the processor: grinded pepper (white and black), one onion, one clove of garlic, one cup of dried shrimps, then you take it to a boil with a teaspoon of Dendé oil, one cup of the water you had saved and leave it boiling for 4 minutes. With this sauce you cover the acarajés.
You can also cut them in half and put the sauce in the middle or fill them with fresh cooked shrimps.

Note: Dende oil is extracted from a palm tree, eleaesis guineenses, and has a very strong taste, to which you must be used to. But it is very tasty.
Eating acarajés, while you are walking by the Pelohurinho at night, is an unforgettable experience, the very taste of Brazil! - South American Foods and Desserts



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