Akara is a traditional street food in Nigeria, it’s made by using either ground black eyed beans or brown beans.
Akara is also known as beancake, bean balls, bean-fritters and Acaraje in Brazil
Akara can be eaten alone as a snack or can be served with Custard, Ogi, Oatmeal, Garri or white toast bread
200 gram black-eyed beans
1 scotch bonnet (chili pepper)
1 small onion
salt to taste
Vegetable Oil for frying/palm oil
Method for preparing the beans
Soak beans in a warm water for 20 minutes
Transfer in a blender, pour enough water, cover and carefully agitate using the pulse function on your blender. Pulse gently for about 5 minutes, or until all the skins have come loose from the beans.
Transfer in a bowl and sieve out the skin, do this process maybe up to 5 times until the skin are completely off from the beans.
Method for preparing Akara
Transfer washed and skinned beans into a blender
Add Pepper, onions, water and blend until smooth
Pour in a bowl, add salt and stir well.
Pour oil into a deep pot, scoop the paste with a medium sized soup-spoon and carefully drop into hot oil without splashing the oil.
Fry until golden brown
Remove and serve with hot Ogi (corn pap) or custard.