September 5, 2011

Akara / Acaraje


For this Akara, I didn't use much pepper. I used one chilli pepper and a lot of basil. It turned out tasting very different and amazing. I think I will keep trying fresh herbs in my akara.

Ingredients
1 cup peeled beans
1 raw chilli pepper

1 egg
2/3 tspn salt
3 Tspns chopped basil
1/4 cup chopped cooked shrimp (optional)
oil for frying

Direction HERE

29 comments:

kitkat said...

i know i've told u this many times but i'll say it again! U need a restaurant!!
I miss akara, i used to eat it with bread anytime i visited the village *sigh*

Destiny - Yankeenaijachick + Success said...

this brings back memories of my innocent childhood...am hungry.

NikkiSho said...

wow this looks sooo delish *drooling*
adding basil/herbs is a new to me and it looks REALLY good.

Ibhade said...

I LOVE akara!...infact am having it for breakfast this morning with custard!..yummy.

A-9ja-Great said...

The silly mistake i keep making is visiting this blog when i've not eating.Like now,i've not had breakfast and i'm salivating over that perfect breakfast.You're mean 9jaFOODie.

Prism of an immigrant said...

Your akara has an aje butter look to it o. It could be mistaken for a "Western" appetizer at a fancy restaurant. Unlike the ajepako akara that looks like akara from a mile away

deolascope said...

Egg in akara? I've used it in moi-moi but not akara. Should try that soon...

9jaFOODie said...

@Kitkat: hoo the joy of bread n akara, very hot road side akara... that was my favorite part of leaving Lag early to go to the villa, we used to stop in Ibadan for some. I wantttt :(

@Destiny: You know right... it was the ish in those days. lol

@Nikkisho: OMG..you need to try it, it tastes so fresh n different.

@Ibhade:lol...you are living the luxurious life, some of us have to plan for days before we can make that happen.

@A-9ja-great: lol..my bad :D.

@Prism: LWKMD...HAHAH...you are right though, I think it's just in the basil and using fresh/clean oil

@Deolascope: for real??? so what do you use?

Chic Therapy said...

Akara?not a big fan...but it reminds me on Saturday mornings in Naija.Sigh!

stelzz said...

I really miss akara.. ...

9jaFOODie said...

@Chic Therapy: yeapp... street akara on weekend :)

@Stelzz: it's easy to make your own :)

Myne Whitman said...

I made Akara here once and it didn't turn out well, been a bit scared to try again since. These look luscious!

mstizzle said...

Ok I have questions and a comment o. Lemme do comment first.

The beans that I soaked overnight DRANK almost ALL the water.

Now questions:
1. That's expected right?

2. You said not to add water while blending the chilli and the beans. Wouldn't it spoil my blender?

3. What's the difference when eggs are added? cos I don't think we've ever added eggs in our akara mixture in my house.

And

4. Moin-moin puree should be thicker than akara puree right? Or is it the other way round?

Ok that's all :) ... for now :)

Natural Nigerian said...

You have really stepped up with the photography and all. When is the cookbook coming out?

*Michael Onobote* said...

hmm...Akara toh sumptious.LOL! This akara feels so rich. I'd try this one day(when no-one is at home sha).

9jaFOODie said...

@Ms Myne: hoo noo.. sowwy.

@Mstizzle: 1) yes, I advice you change the water often though 2) the beans should be extremely soft, it shouldn't ruin your blender 3)I think the egg helps to form the shape, I have never made it without egg 4) nope, akara should be thicker than moin moin. lol

@NN: Hoo.. thanks much, hopefully
soon ei, fingers crossed. lol

@Micheal: lol..it's extremely easy to make.

Koinonia said...

I'm with prism of an immigrant on this one :)

aloted said...

hmm akara with egg..never tried that before...should do that next time i make akara.

basil hmmm..ok naa

i usually add a little water cuz i fear for my blender, make e no come spoil :)

nice one!

enybees-hub said...

Yeah never heard of eggs in akara. What won't invention do. Copied the recipe and will try it out.
Prism don't talk ​​​am o, ‎​ℓ☺ℓ Akara looks inviting when with the almost reddish/clay look! ‎​ℓ☺ℓ
I relish akara hot,hot,hot!!!!

P.E.T. Projects said...

I wont eat akara even if im paid to, it just does funny stuffs to my tummy but the beans in the last post... hmmmm, yummy! yummy!

My plantain soup didnt look as good as urs i have to do it again, my love for plantain wont let me give up like that.Thanks babes for all the recipes!

9jaFOODie said...

@Koinonia: lol... you and prism. I will make it look ajepako next time. lol

@aloted: lol... a little water is okay, most people go all out with the water and the akara never takes shape. If you add in beans batches at a time, your blender will be fine. lol

@Enybees-Hub: For real?? we never made akara in my house without egg o... I should try it without. The reddish look in street akara is a result of mixing palm oil with groundnut oil( inviting stuff but the cholesterol level is through the roof)

@P.E.T: hahaha... really? humm, maybe you have sensitive tummy. ndo!. didn't look as good??? lol... I am sure it's all in ur mind, take a picture the next time you make it :)

Ginger said...

Wondering if bean flour produces nice akara or must it be made from fresh beans...lazy cook asks....

9jaFOODie said...

Ginger, I have never used powdered beans for akara, I have seen it done and it was okay. I think you should get already pealed beans instead though :D

9ja Mom said...

Basil in Akara - 9jaFOOdie you don finish me oh! I luv luv basil but can't make Akara well for nothing...Just got back from a trip to visit mumsi though and I had akara and ogi for breakfast almost every day... Now I need to convince her to add basil the next time she's visiting... or maybe you can fedex ehn? I wish they'd hurry up and invent a way to taste via computer screens!

9jaFOODie said...

9jamum: cheiii..lucky you, i want my mummy too :(
lol... i swear you have to try the basil. if only fedex will carry this thing ooo..lol...we definitely need that invention.

The Relentless Builder said...

Shrimp in akara? Chei! See talent! I thought that "fillings" were limited to moi-moi. I have learnt something new today. I actually prefer moi-moi to akara, but maybe your recipe might change that soon.

9jaFOODie said...

Try it or get the MS to make you some, you will enjoy it. :D

Natmane said...

ME LOVE AKARA!!
Happy to see that you experimented with something green.I'm not a fan of bland akara.I put mint leaves,onions and some pepper in mine... Yum!! I love the subtle mint flavor in beans. I will most def. try your recipe. Have you tried frying your potato with onions? Or sprinkling it with some white pepper when it's fried...I miss house grej o...

Fascinatedbuttercup said...

6:30am and I wake up hungry for akara and ogi... If only it can be posted from Nigeria :(