2 cups of black-eyed peas; soaked overnight
1 cup water
2 cloves of garlic
11/2 tablespoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Rub the peel off the beans against a dishtowel.
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Beat for about 4 minutes or until you get a dough.
Pour the mixture in a mixing bowl.
Heat the oil to 350°F and deep-fry spoonful of dough for 8 minutes or until dark red. Pat them dry in paper towel.
Stir the mixture left in the bowl frequently to avoid watery stuff.
Hint: to make the traditional acaraje, you have to combine the deep fryer oil with 3 tablespoons of palm oil. But remember: this oil mixture cannot be used to fry other dishes because of the palm oil strong taste.
Street vendors in Bahia (northeastern Brazil) split the acaraje and fill them with vatapa.
SERVING SIZE: about 10 fried dough.
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