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.


  • 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



  • In a blender, combine the chilli and beans (do not add water). Puree
  • Pour the pureed beans into a bowl, add in the salt, crack in the egg. Combine with a spatula until everything is well incorporated. (do a taste test for salt, adjust if you need more)
  • Set a deep pan on medium heat, add in some oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the basil(and shrimp if using) into the beans mixture, combine. Ball up the beans and add it into the oil. Fry on each side until golden brown (2.5mins).
  • lift out the akara balls with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Repeat the process until everything is fried
  • Serve with bread, garri, ogi(pap) or tapioca. Enjoy!!

Note: The shape of the akara is affected by 2 things, the thickness of the pureed beans and 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 an oval shape.