Beninese cuisine

Acarajé – Black-Eyed Pea and Shrimp Fritters


A dish made from peeled black-eyed peas formed into a ball and then deep-fried in dendê (palm oil). It is found in Nigerian and Brazilian cuisine. The dish is traditionally encountered in Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia, especially in the city of Salvador, often as street food, and is also found in most parts of Nigeria, Ghana and the Republic of Benin.

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Mouton aux Arachides – Beninoise Lamb in Peanut Sauce


Stews featuring peanut butter are prevalent throughout West Africa, and even in parts of Brazil and the Caribbean. This Beninoise stew features vegetables and lamb, though you can use chicken or beef as well.

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