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Crepe Style Akara

The lovely Nma of Nigerian Lazy Chef sent me a picture of her akara crepes and I really loved it. She inspired me to step up my akara game. Thanks Nma!

Akara Pancakes happened for me as an accidental discovery about 3-4 years ago when I was actively blogging on my blogspot platform. fast foward to early 2013 when I recreated the recipe and shared it on the 9jaFOODie Instagram page. This lead to a literal food revolution as the akara recipe was recreated hundreds of times within a span of 3 days , the term #Pankara was coined and it has since described pan fried akara or akara pancakes.

I am calling these renditions powered up akara. If you love breakfast pancakes, you will love these. All you are doing is ditching the flour for a much healthier and nutritious alternative – Gluten free anyone? . Recipe as is will provide approximately 27g Fiber, 30g protein and 64g carbohydrate. How is that for a power breakfast?.  I used unpeeled beans in order to keep the fiber content up. I now use unpeeled beans for all my recipes Including traditional Akara , Moimoi & gbegiri soup. Do try it and share photos on instagram by tagging #PupAkara.






Powered Up Akara

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Serves: 2

This is the way forward for the healthy Nigerian foodie. This Akara dish provides everything you need to start off your day right.
  • ⅔ cup Beans (black eye or brown beans)
  • 1 large egg
  • Pepper - to taste
  • 1 maggi Cube
  • Salt - to taste
  • 1 tbspn Vegetable or coconut oil
  • ½ medium tomato - chopped
  • 1 cup green vegetable - Chopped
  1. cover unpeeled beans with generous amount of boiled water, place a lid over it and allow to soften for 10 minutes . Rinse and drain
  2. Combine chopped vegetable, onions and tomatoes with some salt and pepper. set aside
  3. Combine beans with 1 cup water and blend until smooth. Add in egg, pepper, maggi and salt. Blend again until well incorporated. Divide batter into two
  4. set a large non stick pan on medium-high heat, heat up ½ of the oil. add in pureed beans, allow to cover the bottom of the pan. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes or until you see bubbles at the top
  5. Top half of the akara with half vegetable mix. Gently fold the remaining half over the filling and cook for 2 more minutes.
  6. Repeat last two steps with other half of the ingredients

Recipe Note:
  • The batter consistency for the filled akara should be on the fluid side (a cross between crepe and pancake batter).
  • Do not add too much batter to the pan at once. The recipe can make up to 5 flat circles depending on the size of your pan
  • Be sure to distribute the batter evenly in the pan so as to avoid pulling on one side or in the middle. Pick up the pan and give it a quick swirl
  • For taco style filling; allow the akara to cool slightly before attempting the wrap. Overly warm akara will break.

Recipe Variation

The Green Beast Akara

Not a fan of raw vegetables? puree 2-3 handfuls of Ugu, spinach or efo Tete with the akara mixture. Cook using the Pan Fried Akara method

End result:

power up - akara - vegetable - mix - Nigerian - food - breakfast - healthy - 9jafoodie  The Sweet and Savory Akara

This version incorporates chopped vegetables, more hot pepper and sweet corn to create the perfect textured akara.

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