The best Nigerian Akara Recipe.
Akara or black-eyed peas fritters is a popular Nigerian vegetarian/vegan delicacy made with beans mainly black-eyed peas. Akara, also known as beans cakes, beans ball, koosé, or acarajé, is a popular street food enjoyed across Africa and beyond. Click To Tweet To make Akara, you start by de-skinning the beans (black-eyed peas), then you blend it into a paste like you would for moi-moi, but unlike moi-moi, you will end up frying the fritters. Also, unlike moi-moi’s paste, and unlike what you may have heard/read, akara’s paste is usually simple – beans blended with onions, and bell peppers (or added afterward). That’s it!
Additionally, no need to add seasoning powder or cubes, curry, thyme, or rosemary in your Akara paste. No need for all of the seasonings that could overpower the hearty taste of these fritters. In today’s post, I am excited to show you how to make the best Nigerian breakfast – akara.
Making is as simple as 1-2-3 Step 1: Have raw/dry black-eyed peas on hand.
Step 2: de-skin/wash the beans like so:
Step 3: Blend and use the paste like this one to make the yummiest Akara.
The Ultimate Street Food.
Growing up in Nigerian, we look forward to eating these daily, this very popular Nigerian street food is always a choice of breakfasts for most families. While some people will eat this by itself (like my kids these days), I love pairing it with akamu (corn pudding), custard, or bread. Ever heard of Akara and bread? My husband loves to dip it hot pepper sauce – YUM! This dish, just like Rice and stew, pepper soup, and okra soup, reminds me so much of childhood.
With question, all you need for extraordinary family time is the best Nigerian Akara. Kids love it, adults love it, everyone is happy, problem solved! My kids and husband love Akara very much, and this only mean one thing – we make it more often (at least 3x every month!) The weekend is for akara, and that means bonding time with family as well. The house smells heavenly when these fritters are frying, and that warms up the heart too!
If you are ready, let’s make some Akara!
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