Nigerian Akara Recipe – Bean Fritters

Nigerian akara is one of the staple food eaten as breakfast in Nigeria and served in many homes. It can be served alond side with pap, bread or oats. It can also be eaten as snacks as you can see it being sold on the street by some street hawkers, the akara is stuffed in bread like some sort of I was typing this I remember what my younger brother use to call it , ‘risky burger’ back in his university days. Burger sort of became his favourite, he use to say it is something you will eat and go to sleep. Lol. Risky burger, very filling…

I can also remember the Akara kengbe we use to buy on our way to school then . Akara kenbge is usually made with palm oil with chopped pepper and onions as garnishees. Oh how I love Akara kengbe. Stay tuned, Akara kengbe recipe is uploading…

So let’s get down to it

My Nigerian Akara Ingredients

2 cups of black eyed beans

salt to taste

2 pieces of scotch bonnet


vegetable oil to deep fry

Method Of Preparing Nigerian Akara

Peel off the skin of the beans.
Soak the peeled beans for about 30 minutes with boiling water to soften it then blend with the onion and half cup of water

Cookwithkemi hint, Akara does not need much water in blending, because if it becomes too light [watery] it disintegrate into the oil. It doesn’t come together to form bean balls

So I usually add my water a little at a time, I start with a little water, pulse, add a little bit more water if need be then pulse further

Roughly blend the’ ata rodo’ [scotch bonnet] and add to the blended bean paste. Add salt and stir for about 5 minutes using a wooden spoon. This is to incorporate air into the Akara batter

Heat up the vegetable oil, with a large spoon, scoop out the Akara batter and drop a spoonful at a time into the oil. Fry for about 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown

When done, take out the fried Akara with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain.

Serve hot or warm with ‘garri,’ bread or pap

Note that shallow fry or watery batter result in flat Akara. So in other to achieve a round ball shape, go easy on the water and also deep fry

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