Pan Fried Akara

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Pan Fried Akara

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Hello Foodie fam- this is another great recipe for those counting calories and those watching the oil content in their diet. The recipe was inspired by  Sunday morning pancake runs  and my husband’s aversion for deep fried foods. It’s classic Akara without all the oil that comes with deep frying, the taste is amazingly the same as the deep fried version.  Feel free to take the recipe from breakfast to supper by adding in some chopped shrimp or shredded chicken or serving the akara with a side of sauced meat.  I made use of vegetable oil for the lighter colored akara pictured and Palm oil for the more yellow colored version. So many people ended up trying out this recipe and it started the #PankaraRevolution. If using bean powder, combine 1 cup powder with 1/3 cup water and 1 egg; everything else stays the same.


  • 1 cup peeled beans
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt- to taste
  • Chopped Onion & fresh pepper – to taste
  • Vegetable or palm oil – 1 tablespoon


  • Puree the beans with a little 1/2 cup of water to form a thick paste


  • Add in all left over ingredients (except oil), thoroughly combine



  • Place a small frying pan on medium heat, add in a little bit of oil. Add about a fourth of the bean batter, cook until you notice some bubbles in the akara, flip over and cook on the other side until golden. Repeat step until all the batter is fried.



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Serve with Pap or pepper Sauce. Enjoy!

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By |September 25th, 2014|48 Comments


  1. Nancy Keshy August 8, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Wow! Your website is just what every modern Nigerian (or gastronomical Nigerians) needs!

    This recipe it just what I needed! Well, almost as the technique helps me eliminate the excess oil required in deep frying but I must find a way to eliminate the egg to make this a completely vegan-friendly dish.

    Can you please suggest an alternative to eggs in this recipe?


    • Kene November 19, 2017 at 12:11 am - Reply

      Hi. Please did you succeed in removing the eggs? Please share. 😁

  2. Omolade May 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for these amazing recipes. Will try the panakara tomorrow

  3. Lilian August 26, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

    hi please can I use kidney beans in place of the black eyed beans?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 28, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

      I will suggest chickpeas or lentils over kidney beans

  4. Temi August 10, 2016 at 3:05 am - Reply

    I really just love your website! Thanks for sharing

  5. Nma November 22, 2015 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Tried this. Scratch that. Made! this on Saturday and it was awesome! You can just place it between slices of bread for a delicious #pankara sandwich.

  6. Mee June 10, 2015 at 11:41 am - Reply

    I tried it but it didn’t come out fine. I guess its cos I ground onions in it. I used left over of moimoi batter.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 10, 2015 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      Moimoi batter and akara batter have different consistencies. Moimoi batter has more water which will make it harder to pan fry

  7. AfricanChikita April 28, 2015 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    haha..I’m laughing at myself..I tried to make this Pankara…it looked something like thick scrambled egg… Please tell me is the Tablespoon of Oil for the Batter mix or just for the frying ?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 28, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      hahhaha.. that’s too funny. The oil is for frying. how thick was your batter? did you fry to scramble it? it should be prepared like pancake.

  8. Alexa April 16, 2015 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Hi Ronke, can one make this with the unpeeled beans? I didn’t even know it was possible to make moimoi or akara without peeling the beans and I’ve been suffering all this while, lol. You can’t imagine how excited to learn of this…

  9. Vera April 10, 2015 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Wow, i tried it this morning n everyone loved it.its anoda way of making akara without having to soak d bean in oil.

  10. suzan February 11, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I noticed you never mentioned adding Maggi as part of the recipes in making of the akara (both the akara pancakes) why please?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 11, 2015 at 7:54 am - Reply

      I didn’t grow up adding maggi to akara, we only used salt & pepper. I have grown to prefer the taste without maggi.

  11. blessing January 24, 2015 at 2:51 am - Reply

    How about bean flour, is it same process

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 24, 2015 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      1 cup powder, 1/4 cup water and 1 egg.

  12. noel October 23, 2014 at 9:41 am - Reply

    this looks great will definitely try this.

  13. mubarak October 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Whao! It amazing

  14. Liv October 11, 2014 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Dear 9jafoodie, thanks for the amazing tips you continue to share, may your light shine brighter each day as you continue to positively impact lives. I requested for your monthly weight loss time table awhile ago but i havent heard back from you. Please, remember me when you have a minute to spare; my email address is [email protected]. greatly appreciated. Bless you loads.

  15. Rhapsody October 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Its been a while my friend. I don’t see you by my place at all anymore.
    Your Pan Fried Akara looks good. will pass on your recipe to my daughter who love pancakes.

    stay blessed

  16. Jade October 4, 2014 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Fantastic recipe…. it turned out perfect Thanks for sharing… continue to good work.. Next Recipe

  17. Jummy October 2, 2014 at 2:25 am - Reply

    I try dis, it was lovely, i think it will reduce the consumption of vegetable oil. Thanks for the recipe.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 3, 2014 at 7:52 am - Reply

      you are most welcome, thanks for the feedback.

  18. sodique omowunmi lawal October 1, 2014 at 12:28 am - Reply

    I love this & i’ll try it

  19. Simi Jois September 30, 2014 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Something new for me but looks like am going to love it , what are white bean called ?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 3, 2014 at 7:56 am - Reply

      great! these are regular black eyed peas with the skin removed.

  20. Teeay September 30, 2014 at 9:51 am - Reply

    I tried it though I used beans flour instead. I used 3/4 cup beans flour and 3/4 cup water. It was nice and hubby liked it too!

  21. Spektarrr September 29, 2014 at 6:08 am - Reply

    This has to be my new fav, tried it this morn superb I added a lil twist to mine

  22. Ngozi September 28, 2014 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Sounds delicious!

  23. Adaora September 27, 2014 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Thanks for the great recipe. Do you think it’ll turn out OK without the eggs?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 27, 2014 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Yes you can… you just need to incorporate air into the batter by whisking it until fluffy.

  24. nelo September 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Love the idea will defo try it

  25. ummah September 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Love this will definately try it!

  26. Patience September 26, 2014 at 7:13 am - Reply

    I will try it, I love the palm oil idea.

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