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Akara, also called bean cakes, is a favourite side dish for breakfast in most West African countries. All you need are black-eyed beans, salt, pepper, and oil to fry.

You can opt to eat it with any bread of your choice or with porridge

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How to Prepare Akara

Wash and soak the beans overnight. Image source: YouTube

Ingredients

  • Spices
  • 3 Cups of oil
  • ¼ tbsp. of salt
  • 1 onion. Minced
  • ¼ tbsp of paprika
  • 4 red onions, cubed
  • 2 habanero peppers
  • A loaf of brown bread.
  • 3 cups of black-eyed peas 

Instructions

  1. Wash the beans thoroughly or soak them for 5-6 hours to soften. Ideally, soak them overnight if you want to get the most results. 
  2. Pour the soaking water away and peel it. You can do this by pouring it into the blender and then adding a lot of water. Pulse the beans in the blender for a few seconds to peel them. Pouring enough water on it in the blender ensures only the peels come off. 
  3. Strain the mixer to separate the beans from the peel. 
Skinless beans for akara. Image source: YouTube
Skinless beans for akara. Image source: YouTube
  1. Blend the beans back into the blender and blend. Add a little water to ensure consistency.
  2. Pour it into a bowl and add salt, minced onions, and powdered pepper. 
  3. At this point, you can’t fry the akara, but you can mix it until it’s fluffy. You can use a cake mixer to mix the akara beans until they’re fluffy. You can also use a hand mixer if the amount is small. 
Mix until fluffy. Image source: YouTube
Mixed until fluffy. Image source: YouTube
  1. Pour the rest of the oil into the fryer on high heat. Scoop tablespoons full of akara into the hot oil to fry. Use a khebab or bamboo dining stick to turn the akara to the other side.
  2. Continue to turn over until both sides are brown.
Turn until both sides are brown. Image source: YouTube
Akara with both sides. Image source: YouTube
  1. Transfer the fried akara from the hot oil onto a paper towel laid on a plate. This process soaks up excess oil. 
  2. Scoop more tablespoons of the fluffy mixture into the hot oil until you fry all the akara.
  3. Spread a tablespoon of the akara source into a slice of bread and add two or three akara. Add one slice of bread to the first to make an akara sandwich. Enjoy!   

Steps for Preparing Akara Sauce

  1. Transfer the cubed onions to the blender and add the habanero peppers. Pulse them to obtain a rough consistency.
  2. Boil the blended onions in a dry pan to get rid of the excess water. Add ¼ cup of oil to the onions and stir. Add a little salt and spice. 
  3. Add paprika and stir. You can add some powdered pepper to give the sauce color and a spicy feel.
  4. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes and set aside.

Tips for Making Akara

  • Ensure to soak the beans overnight to make them soft enough for the peels to come out.
  • After blending the skinless beans, mix them until they’re fluffy before you fry them. 
  • Allow the oil to heat well before frying the akara to avoid soaking up the oil.
  • You can add enough pepper to the akara to make it spicy.
  • Also, you can roughly pulse the minced onions to add to the mixture before frying. 
  • Always lay enough paper towels, so soak the oil in the akara.
  • You can add one or two eggs to the mixture. 
  • Eat them while it’s hot. 

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Gambian Akara

Gambia
Sedi Djentuh
Akara, also called bean cakes, is a favourite side dish for breakfast in most West African countries. All you need are black-eyed beans, salt, pepper, and oil to fry. You can opt to eat it with any bread of your choice or with porridge.
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Prep Time 1 day 1 hour
Total Time 1 day 1 hour
Course Breakfast
Cuisine African
Servings 6
Calories 109 kcal

Equipment

Kitchen Mixer

Ingredients
  

  • Spices
  • 3 Cups of oil
  • ¼ tbsp. of salt
  • 1 onion. Minced
  • ¼ tbsp of paprika
  • 4 red onions cubed
  • 2 habanero peppers
  • A loaf of brown bread.
  • 3 cups of black-eyed peas

Instructions
 

  • Wash the beans thoroughly or soak them for 5-6 hours to soften. Ideally, soak them overnight if you want to get the most results.
  • Pour the soaking water away and peel it. You can do this by pouring it into the blender and then adding a lot of water. Pulse the beans in the blender for a few seconds to peel them. Pouring enough water on it in the blender ensures only the peels come off.
  • Strain the mixer to separate the beans from the peel.
  • Blend the beans back into the blender and blend. Add a little water to ensure consistency.
  • Pour it into a bowl and add salt, minced onions, and powdered pepper.
  • At this point, you can’t fry the akara, but you can mix it until it’s fluffy. You can use a cake mixer to mix the akara beans until they’re fluffy. You can also use a hand mixer if the amount is small.
  • Pour the rest of the oil into the fryer on high heat. Scoop tablespoons full of akara into the hot oil to fry. Use a khebab or bamboo dining stick to turn the akara to the other side.
  • Continue to turn over until both sides are brown.
  • Transfer the fried akara from the hot oil onto a paper towel laid on a plate. This process soaks up excess oil.
  • Scoop more tablespoons of the fluffy mixture into the hot oil until you fry all the akara.
  • Spread a tablespoon of the akara source into a slice of bread and add two or three akara. Add one slice of bread to the first to make an akara sandwich. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 109kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 4g
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Sedi Djentuh
Sedi Djentuh
Hey, Sedi here, a content writer. She's fascinated by the interplay between people, lifestyle, relationships, tech and communication dedicated to empowering and spreading positive messages about humanity. She's an avid reader and a student of personal weekly workouts. When she's not writing, Sedi is busy advocating for plastic-free earth with her local NGO.

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