Brazilian Dish Acaraje
Acaraje is a traditional Brazilian dish, typical in the city of San
Salvador de Bahia and its surroundings. This recipe can be prepared
in different ways, and some recipes are more complex than others.
If you want to prepare acaraje for the first time, you should try
a basic recipe. Once you see the basic recipe turns out to be good,
you would be better prepared to try a more complex one.
Acaraje: a basic recipe
You might be able to find many different basic acaraje recipes, such
as the following one:
2 pounds white beans
3 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons of dende oil
Put the white beans in water with some laurel leafs and let them
soak overnight. Then, put the beans in a kitchen towel and rub them
well until their skins come off. Save the water (without the laurel
leafs) where you soaked them for later.
In a blender put: the beans (without the skins), the garlic, the
onion, the baking powder, the salt, the pepper, and a cup of the beans
water. Blend this thoroughly until white dough is formed.
Put abundant vegetal oil in a frying pan and then add the dende oil.
Heat this and then add spoonfuls of the white dough. Fry them until
they look golden outside. Then, put them on paper towels until the
extra oil is absorbed and serve.
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