AKARA | BEAN CAKE (MADE WITH UNPEELED HONEY BEANS)
Akara (bean cake as otherwise called in English language) is a well known, loved and consumed side dish or street food in Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Mali, Benin, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Brazil. Traditionally, Akara is made by deep-frying a thick mixture (derived by blending any type of peeled beans, onion, peppers and scotch bonnet) in any type of oil, including palm oil or vegetable oil. This process results to akara, which is protein-rich but lacks vitamin C contained in the beans seed coat, which for no obvious reason, normally get peeled or removed.
“This efficient, foolproof, hassle-free and a smarter way of making a perfect and authentic AKARA will give you that light, soft, smooth and spongy texture and bright colour you love.” The colour of the akara (bean cake) is solely determined by the type of oil and quantity of bell peppers used the mixture or paste.
Unlike the instant beans powder and peeled beans, this akara is prepared by soaking the beans in water until tender without peeling the beans seed coat; blended with pepper, scotch bonnet and onion until smooth; seasoned with salt, all purpose, finely chopped chilli pepper and onions and deep-fry. Akara is normally circular in shape (not a perfect circle, though). This shape is formed as it deep-fries in oil.
Akara is one of the most popular side dishes or street foods in Nigeria, usually eaten with bread (known as akara burger), with it other street foods such as fried yam - dundu, fried cocoyam, fried plantain. Akara can also be eaten on its own as a snack but mostly served with pap (ogi) or eko (agidi) or custard or garri.
Akara, among other methods, can be made without the traditional 'peeling of the beans seed coat'. In the video below, we successfully made an authentic Nigerian akara using unconventional method - unpeeled honey (oloyin) beans instead of the traditional peeled beans. This smartest, efficient, convenient and effortless method gives you a nutritious, soft, smooth, spongy and delicious, in fact, ever yummieliciouz spongy akara that will leave your mouth watering and wanting more!
210g unpeeled oloyin (honey) beans
1 sweet or bell pepper
1 scotch bonnet
1 medium sized onion
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp all purpose seasoning
1 egg (optional)
Some additional onion and scotch bonnet, finely chopped (optional)
Some oil enough to deep-fry
Serves 5 Cooks in 40 mins
How to make | Preparation | Method
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