Akara, also known as Bean Cakes, Bean Balls, Bean Fritas or Acarajé in Portuguese is a Nigerian breakfast recipe made with beans.
akara is Serve with Akamu, Custard, Agidi or Bread. The best bread to eat Akara with is oven-fresh, hot and stretchy bread like Agege Bread
HOW TO MAKE AKARA
- 1 cup peeled beans
- 1 raw hot pepper (Ata rodo) – chopped
- Salt – to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (optional. This helps to make the exterior crunchy)
- 1/2 of a medium onion – chopped
- oil for frying
- Combine the beans with 1/4 cup water in a blender.
- Puree the mixture to a smooth paste
- Pour the pureed beans into a bowl. Mix for 5 minutes with a whisk or mixer. This is to incorporate air into the batter.
- Set a deep pan on medium heat, add in some oil. Heat until oil
- Add in the salt, baking soda, chopped pepper and onions. Stir
- 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 the akara balls out with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper towels.
- Repeat the process until everything is fried
- Serve with bread, garri, ogi(pap) or fried yam. Enjoy!