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 calls it Akara, while another tribe (Hausa) calls it Kosai. In Ghana and Sierra Leone, it is called Koose. There’s another type of Akara that is 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. This Nigerian Akara: Three ways (Beans Cake or beans Fritters) recipe shows you how to make Akara without the fear of too much intake, you can make it in a 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
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- 2 Pounds Peeled Black Eyed Peas Beans
- 2 Onion (Divided)
- 1 Egg (optional)
- Seasoning cube (optional)
- 1 Habanero/Rodo
- 1/2 Red bell pepper (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Crayfish (optional)
- 2 Green onion (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 the 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 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 egg, crayfish, salt, and seasoning cube (if you're using it). Mix in a circular form to incorporate air into the mixture or you a mixer. TIP: Put water in a small cup/bowl drop like a peas size mixture into water, if it floats it is ready to be used.
Add the remaining onion (chopped), and green onions, and continue to mix, (if you don't like too much onion, you can adjust it to your preference, hubby loves a lot of onions in Akara, you can notice it on the outside of the Akara). Place a frying pan or skillet/pan and add enough oil to fry into the pan. Let it get hot to about 350 degrees F. TIP: You can drop a 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 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.
Cook the Akara waffles to your preference, if you want them soft or crunchy.
Do the same with the one in the sandwich maker, soft or crunchy, cook to your satisfaction.
You can enjoy them with pap, custard, bread, garri. Serve and enjoy.
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.
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