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How to make Akara (Nigerian Beans Fritters)

Akara is a very delicious, vegetarian-friendly meal eaten in most parts of Africa. Though it's origin is from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria but somehow it has found it's way to the hearts of other African countries and even beyond.
Course Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine African
Keyword easy, homemade
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 78kcal
Author Lola Osinkolu


  • 2 Cups black-eyed peas
  • 1 Habanero Chili
  • 1/4 Cup Red bell pepper measured out when diced
  • 1 Onion small sized
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Stock Cube
  • 1/4 cup Water for blending
  • Vegetable Oil Enough for deep frying


  • Soak the beans for about 30 minutes till the skin is swollen and peel off the skin by rubbing it between your palms or simply use a blender by pulsing it a couple of times till the skin falls off.
  • Put the beans into a large bowl and separate the skin from the beans by adding enough water and gently swirling the beans around so that the skin can float. Pour off the skins, into a colander. Repeat this process until the beans are clean.
  • Pour the clean beans inside the blender, add the water and blend into a paste.
  • Pour the batter into a large bowl and whisk together until it's light and fluffy. Hand whisk for about 3 to 4 minutes or an electric hand mixer for about a minute or two.
  • Blend the Habanero, bell peppers and Onions in a separately and mix it together with the Beans paste.
  • Add the stock cube and salt to taste (this recipe is very sensitive to salt so be careful a little goes a long way) then mix everything together.
  • Preheat some oil in a pan (enough to deep fry the Akara). Drop heaping tablespoons of fritter batter into the hot oil, frying a couple at a time to avoid overcrowding. Turn once or twice in between for even browning. Fry the fritters for about 5 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown on all sides.
  • It's good to press down the Akara balls a little bit just before taking them out of the oil to get rid of any excess oil that might have been absorbed during the frying process.
  • Remove fritters from the pan and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.



Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg