Vatapa, Bahia. Brazil
Here is a recipe for Vatapa, A typical Afro Brazilian recipe that is eaten as a side dish or spread inside Acaraje.
- 8 small bread rolls
- 350 ml of coconut milk
- Onion, finely chopped
- 2 sprigs of fresh cilantro
- Cup of peeled peanuts (unsalted)
- Cup of ca hew nuts
- A large knuckle of ginger
- 2 cloves of garlic
1 cup of dry shrimp
1. Spread the shrimp on a baking shallow baking tin and roast in the oven (180oc) for five minutes.
2. Remove from the oven, cool a little and in your fingers pinch of the heads and discard them. Place the remaining bodies in a pestle and mortar and grind into a rough powder. You can cheat and use the blender.
2. Add the garlic, ginger, cashew nuts, peanuts and cilantro to a blender and blend to a smooth paste. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
3. Now break up the bread rolls and put them in a liquidizer with the coconut milk and whiz until you have a smooth consistency.
4. In a large pan add a little dende oil and the onion and heat gently. Once the onion is softened add the garlic-ginger-nut paste and your pounded shrimp. Heat for a couple of minutes while stirring so all the flavors infuses.
5. Now pour in your bread and coconut milk and the remaining dende oil. Turn up the heat a touch and stir well with a wooden spoon.
6. Cook until you have a heavy and stodgy consistency making sure you stir regularly with a wooden spoon so none of the mixture burns on the bottom of the pan.
Serve as a side dish in the middle of your acaraje.