Sunday, 26 October 2014

How to make Akara (Bean cake)

Akara balls totally remind me of the weekends when i was in boarding school. i'm pretty certain most people would agree that this is one of the most satisfying breakfast meals ever. It is also going to be the softest, easiest, fluffiest akara you'd ever make. 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"), Bread, Garri, peppered stew e.t.c. 


Ingredients:::
•2 Cups Brown Beans
•3 Chili pepper "Shombo" - Optional
•2 Red bell pepper "Tatashey"
•2 Scotch bonnet pepper "Ata rodo"
•1 small Red onion
•2 Seasoning cubes , Crushed
Salt to taste
Vegetable oil/ plam oil (For deep frying)

Procedure:::
Step 1: Sort the beans to separate the chaff from the beans. To remove the skin, there are two methods i.e The hand method & The Blender method. The hand method is the manual way of peeling beans and is much more difficult as it could take up to an hour to complete while the blender method is easier and could take about 5 minutes to complete. 
Hand Method of removing beans skin: 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. Peel the skin off the beans by rubbing them between your hands and rinsing to allow the skins to float to the top. Sieve the brown skin out with clean water leaving the white part of the beans. 
Blender Method of removing beans skin: Another method of washing beans to make it easier is to put the unwashed beans into a blender, Add water & pulse the blender for about 5 minutes. This doesn't break the beans but removes the skin. Sieve the brown skin out with clean water leaving the white part of the beans.  



Step 2: Remove the seeds from the red bell pepper and wash. Place the washed beans (White) in the blender. Add the Red bell pepper (Tatashey), Scotch bonnet (Shombo) and onion into the Blender. Add a little water to enable the blades of the blender move and blend till you get a smooth paste.

Step 3: Put the mixture in a mortar, add Salt and Crushed Seasoning. Gradually stir the paste with a pestle for about 5 minutes. This is one of the secrets to getting very soft akara balls. 

Step 4: Pour the vegetable oil into a frying pan and heat up. 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 5: 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
Akara served with Pap topped with powdered chocolate drink
Akara served with pap and milk



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25 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:53 pm

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

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

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  2. Anonymous6:42 pm

    I still don't understand the 2nd option of peeling pls. Thank you.

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  3. Anonymous8:34 am

    the second option is easy.place the unwashed beans in a blender and press ur PULSE button. the PUlse button will not blend the beans but remove the skin.

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    1. Another method is using greata....... The rubber one u use to grate your okra.......

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  4. teekay11:07 am

    Thanks for this, Dobby. Please do I allow the beans to soak for some minutes before pulsing in the blender?

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    1. No you don't have to let it soak. Just put it in, add water and PULSE till the whole skin comes off.

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  5. Rosebelle12:18 pm

    Dobby u added water in de blender method to remove de skin#pls make me understand

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    1. sorry about that. Yes i did.

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  6. Dobby i love love love your blog. I'm going to try this particular recipe after final exams.

    www.auspiciousdeb.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Deb :), do keep us posted.

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  7. MakaPeach3:13 pm

    Whats new for me with this method is the Mortar thing. Ive never used it before but that to Dobby for this info.

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    1. you're welcome Makapeach.

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  8. Anonymous1:16 pm

    This is kose for sure. It will be a good one if escorted into the belly by a sweet akamo and heavily guided into the stomach by a three crown milk..Thanks for another wonderful one...I have check through your blog but there is no recipes for MEAT or CHICKEN PIE. Should we wait till we get to 400 L'evel or we can take that course tomorrow. Thanks

    Oluwaponmile

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    1. You're welcome Oluwaponmile :). Meat & Chicken pie tutorials would b coming up soon hopefully before the end of the year :)

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  9. Anonymous3:47 pm

    Hi Dobby, what if u don't have a mortar and pestle, for people who re not In Africa.

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    1. Biola8:39 am

      Use an empty washed bottle to turn it. you will get the same result.

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  10. Anonymous3:49 pm

    Hi Dobby, what about if u don't have a mortar n pestle that helps get it smooth for ur viewers outside Africa?

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    1. you could also use the edge of a rolling pin and a bowl, it does the job perfectly.

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  11. Tnks dobby,I jst ate a perfect kose made by maslf and ma hubby loved it,though I didn't get d blender method. Infact I wasted a half derica of beans I eventually had to use ma hand and d kose turned out perfect except dat it was flat I was unable to get d normal round shape,wot culd v been wrng plssss

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    1. Hi kike, I guess the kose turned out flat due to the amount of oil used. it's best to deep fry so that once the akara paste is dropped in the oil, it'd form the round shape.

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  12. Plz where did u get your blender from?

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    1. You could get it online. Click HERE

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  13. Anonymous1:23 pm

    Hi dobby....pls can I use mixer to incorporate d mixture before frying to make it fluffy

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