Akara (Bean Cakes)

Akara is a popular delicacy in Nigeria made from ground Black-eye cow-pea. It is very simple to make and delicious to enjoy. 


  • 2C cowpea (Soak the dry beans in water for like 1-2hrs, rub vigorously against palms, then wash off skin leaving behind a clean white flesh).
  • Habanero pepper to taste
  • Onions (1/2 bulb)
  • Salt to taste
  • Maggi (soy sauce) 
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. In a food processor/ blender, crush cowpea, pepper, onions into a semi-thick paste.
  2. Pour paste into a bowl, add in salt, Maggi (soy sauce), little oil and whisk fast to incorporate air (This leaves it Fluffy).
  3. Heat Oil in a Pan over medium for deep frying.
  4. Gently scoop paste balls into the hot oil , giving 1 inch space between each balls.
  5. After like 3-minutes, use a fork to turn them over.
  6. Akara balls on Fire!!
  7. Keep doing this after each 3 mins until both sides are golden brown.
  8. Drain into a kitchen paper to squeeze out excess oil.
  9. Serve with hot corn porridge or oatmeal OR enjoy as a snack with Ketchup (It's so yummy).

NOTE: Avoid frying over high heat, this will quickly brown the balls but leave the inside UN-COOKED.

P.S: To reheat leftovers, warm in the microwave for 30-seconds.

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