Akara is like my best snacks, I can’t actually do without Akara like in a week, I usually buy from the roadside Akara sellers but there is nothing like homemade Akara, I prefer to do mine myself so as to add enough spices. Akara is mostly eaten in Nigeria and it is made from grounded beans, mixed with seasoning into a batter and deep fried. Best eaten as breakfast with bread or pap (Akamu).
Things To Do First
- The first thing you need to do is to remove the beans coat just before you make the Akara. Always use freshly peeled beans, do not let salt come in contact with the beans you will use in making Akara till you are ready to fry it, so it won’t destroy the leavening property of beans.
- Soak the beans in water for 2 hrs to make it soft enough for your blender, if you are to use a grinding mill, it will not be necessary to soak the beans for extended periods of time.
- Cut the pepper and onion.
- Beans (Black-eyed or brown beans)
- Vegetable oil for frying
Tools You Will Need:
- Blender (the grinding mill is advisable)
- Mortar and Pestle
- Grind the beans with your blender or grinding mill, make sure you add as little water as possible until it forms a paste
- Pour your paste in a mortar and whisk the paste with the pestle till the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Add your salt, onions, and pepper. (You can also choose to blend the onion and pepper and mix it in).
- Set your vegetable oil on the cooker to heat up
- Fry till brown
Serve with, Agidi, Pap, Bread, Custard or Garri.