Akara is a popular food eaten in most parts of Nigeria. It is made from ground beans made into paste and fried as balls. Akara can be eaten as a meal in combination with pap or bread or alone as a snack. It can be eaten at anytime of the day although it is most commonly eaten as breakfast. Akara is also a popular street food sold alongside fried potato, fried yam, fried plantain and pepper sauce.
What you need.
- Pepper (fresh or dry grounded pepper)
- Water (small quantity)
- Deep frying pan
- Wash the beans. The aim here is to wash off the thin skin of the beans leaving the hard bean inside. Some people prefer their beans with the back. There isn’t a difference in taste between both. If you choose to not wash off the peel, you can Soak beans in warm water for 30 minutes to make blending easier.
- Grind the beans into a smooth paste. Avoid adding too much water. This is also the time to add pepper, salt, and other seasoning like crayfish. Mix everything to your taste. Pour into a bowl and properly stir the ingredients evenly.
- Set your pan on the fire. Pour groundnut or vegetable oil and allow to heat up. Using a big spoon, scoop up some of the paste and pour as balls into the hot oil. Leave till sufficiently brown and turn the balls to the other side to cook too. See pictures below.