Acarajé is a Brazilian street food inspired by African akaras. Popular in Salvador and Olinda, they're airy and fluffy on the inside and a little crispy on the outside. It's an absolute must that you eat these while they're hot — that's when they're at their best.

Acaraje: Brazilian Black-Eyed Peas Fritters

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup black-eyed peas
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4-1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • Salt, to taste
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Preparation

  1. Soak the black-eyed peas overnight. In the morning, peel off the skin.
  2. Once all (or most) of the beans are peeled, soak them again for 30 minutes with the coarsely chopped onion.
  3. Drain the beans and onions and put them in a blender or food processor. Add the chopped garlic, chili powder, ground cumin, and salt. Process until the mixture is very smooth. Remove into a mixing bowl and add enough bread crumbs to form a batter that holds shape when formed into a ball.
  4. Heat oil for deep-frying and fry the balls until golden brown on all sides. Remove onto a paper towel-lined plate and serve hot.
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