Thursday, 21 February 2013

AKARA

These delicious bean fritters can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack (served with your favourite dips), or as an appetizer.















Ingredients
2 cups black eyed beans (peeled)
1 medium onion
1 large red bell pepper
1 scotch bonnet pepper
Salt to taste
Sunflower oil

To peel the beans, soak them for five minutes and start to peel by rubbing them between you hands. The skin should fall off easily.

Grind the peeled beans, peppers and onion to form a smooth (ish) paste. Some like the texture of their akara to be quite thick, in which case they would add just a little water to the paste. I used one cup of water to lighten the mixture for this recipe. Whatever you choose to do, just make sure that it does not get too runny. 

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and season with salt. 

Heat some oil in a deep fryer or large frying pan. Add the mixture in spoonfuls, making sure to avoid overcrowding. Fry until golden brown on both sides and drain on some kitchen paper.

These are so good fresh and hot, but taste just as good when they're warm/cold. Enjoy!

6 comments:

  1. My favorite Nigerian food after Moi Moi. Great blog! Love from an Eritrean-American sista!!!

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  2. What dips would go with this dish?

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    1. This would go perfectly with a spicy pepper and/or tomato based dip.

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  3. please with a meal like this, how is it possible to not gain weight on a vegan diet'; because i recently started eating vegan 3 weeks ago 90% for the purpose of weightloss. how cani achieve weight-loss and still eat yummy food while being vegan

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    1. You can still enjoy your favourite yummy foods and lose weight - it's all about the way you prepare them. Reduce the amount of oils, fats and salt in your meals to see results.

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