akara in a plate placed on old news paper

How To Make Akara

Akara is a delicious snack and a popular breakfast staple in Nigeria. It is also called bean cake or black-eyed pea fritters. Akara is one of the easiest vegetarian or vegan-friendly Nigerian meal

image of akara and cornmeal

Akara

I recently made a post on how to peel beans using a blender. I made some akara and even preserved some leftover peeled beans for later in the freezer. Akara is a very popular meal and street food in Nigeria. In fact, it is readily available almost everywhere you turn to and also served on special occasions too. It is also called Acaraje in Brazil, this recipe is not only significant to Nigerians alone, but it is very popular in the whole of West Africa. There are similarities in the way they are as well.

Akara is made from peeled beans blended with scotch bonnet and onions, it is seasoned with salt and deep fried. It can be eaten as an accompaniment with breakfast or eaten as snacks. I love to eat mine with akamu, porridge  or Agege bread. This recipe can be made vegetarian or vegan

People love to make akara but find the peeling process tedious. Life is now so good and easy as with some kitchen hacks, you can make it without having to peel the beans and if you decide to peel, this blender method makes life in the kitchen fun.

overhead shot of cornmeal porridge and akara

Ingredients

2 cups of peeled beans (depending on the size of people you are proving for)

1 big onion

2 scotch bonnet chillies

salt

Little water to blend

Vegetable oil for frying

overhead shot of akara, brioche slices and cornmeal spreadFluffy and yummy

Tips for making the best akara

  • Blend the beans with very little water, too much water would result in flat or no akara (hahaha)
  • Incorporate air into the bean batter before frying using a whisk or wooden spoon
  • Regulate the hotness of the oil when frying. If the oil is too hot, it will burn the akara and the inside will be undercooked

How to make akara

Kitchen note: you don’t blend the beans with much water, you need to achieve a thick batter, not a runny one.

Blend peeled beans with onions, scotch bonnet and water to form a thick batter

peeled beans and peppers

To achieve a very fluffy akara, you need to beat it to incorporate air into it. This can be achieved by using a wooden ladle and turning it clockwise until you achieve a lighter batter. If you have a hand mixer, feel free to use it as this was what I used and it cuts down the amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen. Cooking is fun!

add salt to taste. Some people like bouillion seasoning in their akara but I don’t use it

mixung akara batter with hand mixer

Place a frying pan on medium heat, add about 2 cups of oil and heat till hot. Test the oil by putting a tiny bit of batter in it. The oil should sizzle and batter should float on top, the oil is ready to use

vegetable oil for deep frying

Scoop batter in bits to the ready hot oil, reduce the heat and cook on each side till golden brown

Repeat the process till you exhaust the whole batter

frying akara

Serve with Akamu (pap), garri or Agege bread. You can even make akara burger. It is very delicious

Why not try this recipe with coconut-semolina.

How to make coconut semolina porridge

You will need semolina powder, coconut milk, coconut shaving (optional), sugar or honey

Simply cook semolina flour (mix with water to form a light paste before adding to coconut milk) with coconut milk/coconut shavings on medium heat, add milk and sugar to taste. I can authoritatively tell you that ‘It makes mega-sense’.

Akara

Akara is a delicious snack and popular breakfast staple in Nigeria. It is made from blended bean puree, onions and scotch bonnet chilli. It is deep fried, the exterior is crunchy and the inside is spongy.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: African, Nigerian
Keyword: Akara, akara recipe, how to make akara
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of peeled beans
  • 1 big onion chopped
  • 2 scotch bonnet chillies
  • 1 tsp salt use more if need be
  • Little water to blend
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • Blend peeled beans with onions, scotch bonnet and water to form a thick batter
  • To achieve a very fluffy akara, you need to beat it to incorporate air into it. This can be achieved by using a wooden ladle and turning it clockwise until you achieve a lighter batter. If you have a hand mixer, feel free to use it as this was what I used and it cuts down the amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen. Cooking is fun!
  • add salt to the bean batter to taste. Some people like bouillion seasoning in their akara but I don't use it

How to fry akara

  • Place a frying pan on medium heat, add about 2 cups of oil and heat till hot. Test the oil by putting a tiny bit of batter in it. The oil should sizzle and batter should float on top, the oil is ready to use
  • Scoop batter in bits to the ready hot oil, reduce the heat and cook on each side till golden brown
  • Repeat the process till you exhaust the whole bean batter
  • Serve immediately with Akamu (pap), garri or bread (make akara burger).

Notes

Tips for making the best akara

• Blend the beans with very little water, too much water would result in flat or no akara (hahaha)
• Incorporate air into the bean batter before frying using whisk or wooden spoon
• Regulate the hotness of the oil when frying. If the oil is too hot, it will burn the akara and the inside will be undercooked.

If you have enjoyed and tried this easy recipe, don’t forget to leave feedback, #myactivekitchen on Instagram. Enjoy and see you on my next post x

 

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  1. eni eniola

    Nice meal babes!weldone

     

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