Monday, 28 May 2012

Akara (Bean cake)

Akara (Bean cake) is a deep fried meal made from ground beans(Black eyed peas) and a host of other ingredients. It's one of the most common meals you'd find on the breakfast table in most Nigerian homes. it can be taken alone as a snack or served with Pap (akamu "igbo"/ Ogi "Yoruba"/koko"Hausa") 

Ingredients:::
•2 Cups Brown Beans
•5 Chili pepper
•3 Red bell pepper "Tatashey"
•1 small Red onion
Warm water (For mixing)
•3 Seasoning cubes , Crushed
Salt to taste
Vegetable oil/ plam oil (For deep frying)

Procedure:::
Step 1: Soak the beans in water for like 10 mins or less. if you soak the beans for a longer period the skin would stick to the body of the beans thereby making it very difficult to wash off. 

Step 2: Peel the skin off the beans by rubbing them between your hands and rinsing to allow the skins to float to the top. (Another method of washing beans to make it easier is to put the unwashed beans in a blender, pulse for sometime to break the beans then wash off the chaff with clean water). 

Step 3: Sieve the skin out leaving the white peas behind making sure you drain thoroughly.

Step 4: In a food processor or Blender, blend the white part of the beans with tatashey (Red bell pepper), Chilli pepper(Shombo), onion, into a smooth paste.

Step 5: Put the mixture in a large bowl and add Salt, Crushed Seasoning, a little warm water to make it light and gradually stir with a wooden spoon until you have a smooth paste. Better still, pour the blended beans into a mortar and with a pestle stir thoroughly. This is one of the secrets to getting very soft akara balls. 

Step 6: Pour the vegetable oil into a frying pan and heat up

Step 7: Spoon the mixture into the sizzling oil to form balls one spoon at a time and fry until golden brown making sure you flip frequently on each side.

Step 8: Remove balls and drain on absorbent kitchen paper.

-Serve with Hot sauce/ pepper as a snack or with pap(Ogi/Akamu/koko) as a meal


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2 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:53 pm

    nice one...can i use d same style for meat pie,sausage etc

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    Replies
    1. Hi Anon, no you can't use the same style for meat pie and sausage.

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