Acaraje is a West African dish that has been popularised by Brazilians. The dish made its way to Brazil through Nigerian slaves. The word is an amalgamation of “akara” (bread or round pastry), “onje” (food) and “je” (to eat.)
The round bread or pastry is a religious food but also a popular street food sold on the beachside.
The fritters are made with black-eyed peas and can be stuffed with shrimp or other meats and vegetables.