Vatapá is a traditional Brazilian dish, especially popular in the northeast region of the country. It is made with dried shrimp, peanuts, palm oil and other delicious ingredients.
Here is a basic and easy recipe to prepare your vatapá:
500g dried shrimp (shell and head removed)
500ml coconut milk
200g roasted, skinless peanuts
2 medium onions chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 chopped green pepper
1 chopped red pepper
1 bunch of green chillies (parsley and coriander), chopped
100ml palm oil
100g crustless bread (or cassava flour)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Water (quantity required)
- Start by washing the dried shrimp well under running water to remove excess salt. Then let them soak in water for about 1 hour.
- In a large pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic until golden.
- Add the previously hydrated and drained shrimp, sautéing them until cooked.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, peppers and chives, stirring well to incorporate the flavors.
- In a blender, place the coconut milk, roasted and skinless peanuts, and blend until you obtain a homogeneous mixture.
- Pour the blender mixture into the pan with the other ingredients, stirring constantly to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
- Then add the palm oil, salt and black pepper to taste. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Let it cook over low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent it from burning.
- If the vatapá is too liquid, add sliced bread (or cassava flour) to thicken the consistency. Stir well until incorporated.
- Continue cooking for a few more minutes until you reach the desired texture, which should be creamy and consistent.