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By Damilola Faustino

Akara is one of the most popular street foods in Nigeria as sellers can be found frying them at different hours of the day. It is popularly served with  pap or with fried yam or with bread. Akara is very easy to make at home. Here is how to prepare Akara:

Akara

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peeled beans
  • 1 raw chilli pepper (Atarodo) – chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • 1/2 of a medium onion – chopped
  • oil for frying

Preparation

  • Combine the beans with 1/4 cup water in a blender
  • Make the mixture to a smooth paste
  • Pour the mixture into a bowl and add in the salt, chopped pepper and onions
  • Mix for 5 minutes with a whisk or mixer. This is to incorporate air into the batter.
  • Set a deep pan on medium heat, add in some oil
  • When the oil is hot, scoop 1/2 cooking spoon of batter into oil. You do not want to spread out the batter in the oil, you want to pour batter directly on itself (the way you would pour water into a narrow bottle)
  • Fry on each side until golden brown
  • Lift the akara balls out with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper towels
  • Repeat the process until everything is fried
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