Acaraje recipe with vatapa

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Acaraje recipe with vatapa

Acaraje with vatapa

Acaraje with vatapa is a traditional Afro-Brazilian dish made of feijao-fradinho bean paste (our brown bean with black eye), onion, and salt, fried in dende oil, a North-East Brazilian palm.

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 kg of chopped black beans
  • 2 onion units
  • 50 grams of dried desalted shrimp
  • 3 units of fresh or soft French bread
  • 2 and 1/2 cups of coconut milk
  • Hundreds of peanuts, roasted and shelled
  • 1 ginger flakes
  • Hundreds of cashews, roasted and shelled
  • 1 unit of onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 50 shrimp
  • 1 cup of palm oil (or whatever you prefer)
  • Salt to taste
  • palm oil for frying (or other oil)


    1. Soak the beans for six hours in cold water.
    2. Drain it and rinse it under running water until the residue is gone.
    3. Allow it to drain in a colander with a cloth until completely dry.
    4. Add an onion, dried shrimp, and salt to the blender or processor.
    5. Shred until the mixture resembles dough.
    6. Set aside. Pour into a bowl.
    7. In a blender, combine the other onion and gradually add it to the dough, tapping it with a spoon until it is soft.
    8. Shape the acarajés with a spoon and fry them in hot palm oil.
    9. Place the bread in the center of the coconut milk and set aside for three hours.
    10. Drain and place in a blender.
    11. Combine the peanuts, cashews, ginger, onion, garlic, dried shrimp, and salt in a mixing bowl.
    12. Cook after thoroughly mixing.
    13. Slowly stir in the remaining coconut milk and palm oil for about 20 minutes, or until the mixture is firm.
    14. Serve the stuffed acarajé with vatapá, shrimp, and vinaigrette sauce.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per ServingCalories 561Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 20gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 79mgSodium 486mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 12gSugar 2gProtein 22g

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