Akara (Fried Bean cake)

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Akara (Fried Bean cake)

Added by: on Oct 24th, 2015
Akara(Yoruba name), a Nigerian appetizer, is fried bean cake. It is traditionally made by peeling black eyed peas or brown cowpeas and grinding into a smooth paste with red bell peppers and habanero peppers. This paste is then fried and is best eaten hot. It can be served with a custard.
Prep Time:
30 min
Cook Time:
90 min
Ready In:
120 min



Original Recipe Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 cups Black eyed peas or Brown cowpeas
  • 1 medium Red bell pepper
  • 2 Habanero pepper
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Knorr bouillon seasoning
  • 1 cup Water
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
Nutrition Facts
Akara (Fried Bean cake)

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 191

  • Total Fat: 3.1 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 1.4 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.1 mg
  • Sodium: 1590.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 32.3 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 6.4 g
  •     Sugars: 12 g
  • Protein: 9.5 g

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Soak the beans in warm water for 1 hour. This is the longest portion of the process and is very easy, because it requires no effort. :)


Note: You should start to see some of the skins of the beans float to the top after it’s soaked!


After soaking (the pods should be swollen) ,take about 1 cup of the beans, pour into a blender and add 4 cups of water. The key to peeling in the blender is to add lots of water.


Then run the blender at the lowest speed possible for just a few seconds at a time. Watch the video at the end of the post to see how I do this. Repeat till you have run all the beans through the blender once.


Rinse the beans several times and drain to remove the beans skins. You might have some stubborn ones which didn’t peel and you can just rub those through your fingers to peel. Peeling the 2 cups took about 12 minutes. Yes, I had to time it so I could tell you! :)


Note: If you can still see a couple peels in there, let it go! It doesn’t have to be 100% peeled.


Next, blend with the rest of the ingredients: bell pepper, habaneros, onion, salt and bouillon seasoning and about 1 cup of water.


Note: Unless you have an industrial blender, divide into 3 portions and blend gradually as it is difficult to blend the beans with just a little bit of water to keep it thick! You can combine everything when finished blending.


Heat up the oil.


Use a large spoon, or a 1/3 measuring cup to scoop the paste into the oil once hot.


Drain on paper towel and serve hot.


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Ratings & Reviews:

Kathy M

Kathy M

By: Kathy M on Oct 30th, 2015
great idea! I'm going to try this

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