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Vatapa from Brazil

Typical Brazilian dish

Vatapa is a traditional Brazilian dish. This dish consists on a thick puree made of several ingredients. Vatapa can be also used as a filling for acaraje.

Traditional vatapa is made with shrimp, but there also are other variations such as chicken vatapa or turkey vatapa.

Traditional Vatapa: a basic recipe


1 pound of deveined and peeled shrimp, cut in small pieces
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup cashew butter (peanut butter can be used instead)
1 1/2 cups stock
3 cloves garlic
2 chopped onions
3 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup dried shrimp
chopped jalapeno peppers (from 1 to 3, as you want)


Blend thoroughly together the dried shrimp, peppers, garlic, and onion. Then, put the oil in a large pan and heat it. Once the oil is hot, add the blended mixture and cook for about 7 minutes over medium heat.

Then, add the stock and cashew butter and stir well. Then add the salt and breadcrumbs, stir, and let cook for about 6 more minutes before adding the coconut milk and shrimp. Stir well and cook until the shrimp is done.

Then, remove it from heat, let it sit for a couple of minutes and serve.


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