February 10, 2011

Akara

Bean fritters 

Ingredient
2 cups black eyed beans
Small onion (chopped)
Salt (to taste)
1 large bell pepper and 1 hotpepper
Oil for frying

Directions:

  • Soak the beans overnight, by adding the dried beans to a large bowl of water
  • Remove the bean skin by rubbing the beans together with the palm of your hands*
*Removing bean skin requires a high level of mastery, you can save yourself the hassle by buying already de-husked beans, at you local African store or using a blender*
  • Once the beans are cleaned, remove any excess skin by repeatedly rinsing with water. What you should have left is white beans
  • In a blender, combine the cleaned beans and peppers. Puree
                * Do no add excess water, you will need the beans to have a paste like consistency”
  • Combine the bean puree with the chopped onions and salt.
  • Take some time to mix the beans together with a spatula (you need it to be a bit fluffy)
  • Place a shallow pan with oil on medium heat
  • Once the oil is hot; with the cup of your hand or an ice cream scoop,  add in the bean paste to the oil bits at a time.
  • Fry a batch at a time until all of the paste is gone.
  • Serve with Ogi (akamu, eko) or garri.
EnJoY!!

Note: The shape of the akara is affected by your method of frying, if you shallow fry ( i.e in something like a frying pan without much oil) the akara will come out flat, If you deep fry ( a frying pan or pot with depth and enough oil) the akara will take on a round shape.
This is obviously on the flatter side as it was cooked with little oil just like you would pancakes. 

10 comments:

Aminat said...

Babyyyy...You won kill us?....This na Akara emi meje .....lol

Anonymous said...

can you hook us up with the recipe tho?

9jaFOODie said...

@ Aunt Aminta..Thank you :)
@ Anon ...the recipe is going up right away, thanks for visiting.

Chic Therapy said...

wow!!Havent had akara in ages

9jaFOODie said...

You need to make some!!!!

Anonymous said...

akara dis is making my mout watery i aint had this in ages

9jaFOODie said...

You should make some! Thanks for stopping by!

Lovetocook said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I know I am very 'late', but better late than never!

I shall try this very soon!

9jaFOODie said...

AWWW..THANK U!

Christina said...

You should make some! Thanks for stopping by!