Akara -Nigerian - 9jafoodie - Recipe  -Akara is one of the most popular breakfast staples in Nigeria, it’s made with a combination of bean paste, fresh onions and salt.  It is also a great street food as sellers can be found frying them at different hours of the day.  Akara is popularly served with ogi (pap) or with fried yam.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peeled beans
  • 1 raw chilli pepper (Ata rodo) – chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • 1/2 of a medium onion – chopped
  • oil for frying

 

Directions

  • In a blender, combine the beans with 1/4 cup water, Puree to a smooth paste
  • Pour the pureed beans into a bowl. add in the salt,chopped pepper and onions. Mix with with a rolling pin for 5 minutes (this is to incorporate air into the batter).
  • Set a deep pan on medium heat, add in some oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, scoop 1/2 cooking spoon of batter into oil – you do not want to spread out the batter in the oil, you want to pour batter directly on itself (the way you would pour water into a narrow bottle). Fry on each side until golden brown .
  • 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 fried yam. Enjoy!!

Note: The shape of the akara is affected by two factors: thickness of the pureed beans and your method of frying. Shallow frying  or watery batter will result in flat akara.