I’m going to show you how to make Nigerian Akara: Three ways (Beans Cake or beans Fritters). Nigerian Akara is commonly eaten as a breakfast, dinner or as a snack, it can be eaten with pap, bread, custard or by itself. When making Akara you need to make it light and incorporate air into it, it is very important. It can be made soft or crunchy it depends on your preference. I remember a woman that used to sell Akara down our street as a kid, she always made hers very light and soft.
Akara is commonly eaten in Africa and each country has a name for it. My tribe (Yoruba) in Nigeria call it Akara, while another tribe (Hausa) call it Kosai. In Ghana and Sierra Leone, it is called Koose.
There’s another type of Akara that are prepared with palm oil and they are crunchy outside and soft inside. It is called Akara Osu and they are delicious as the one made with vegetable oil.
I made Akara three ways in this recipe if you’re concern about the frying method because of the oil, you can make it in waffle or sandwich maker, the process is shown below. To make Akara you’ll need to peel beans, I have the process on the blog; How to Peel Beans with a Blender
- 2 Pounds Peeled Black Eyed Peas Beans
- 1.5 Onion (Divided)
- 1 Egg (optional)
- Seasoning cube (optional)
- 1 Habanero/Rodo
- 1/2 Red bell pepper (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Crayfish (optional)
- Oil for frying
Peel the beans (I will put the link to how you can peel beans easily)
I usually peel and soak my beans a night before the day I will use it, but it is okay to peel and soak for a few hours, this will soften the beans and make it blends easily.
Rinse the peel beans and blend (with no water or as little as possible), when it almost smooth add 1/2 onion, habanero, and red bell pepper and continue to blend.
If you use too much water it won't hold together when frying.
Pour into a bowl and add chopped onion, egg, crayfish, salt and seasoning cube.
Mix in a circular form to incorporate air into the mixture.
TIP: Put water in a small cup/bowl drop like a peas size mixture into water, if it floats that's what you want.
Place a frying pan or skillet and add enough oil to fry into the pan. Let it get hot to about 360 degrees F but smoking hot.
TIP: You can drop small batter to test the hotness of the oil. If it's too hot immediately you drop the mixture it will turn dark and it won't cook inside.
Use an ice cream scoop or a spoon to scoop the mixture into the oil, flip halfway through and fry until both sides are golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. While the batter is frying continue to mix the remaining mixture.
When it's done remove from the oil and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
Continue to fry until you exhaust all the mixture.
How To Make Akara in a Waffle Maker or Sandwich maker
Grease the waffle maker or sandwich maker with oil. Scoop the mixture and drizzle a little bit of oil over the batter.
Cook until it cooks through.
Enjoy with pap, custard, bread, or any side you want.
Akara waffle, Akara sandwich, and Fried Akara served with pap and bread.
You can make it in small or big size(your preference), just make sure they're almost the same in size because of the cooking/frying time.