Delightful Bean fritters popular in south western Nigeria.
- Beans: 3 cups
- Onion, 1 medium bulb, finely chopped
- Chili pepper, 2 pieces, finely chopped
- Palm or vegetable oil
- Salt to taste
- Clean the beans and wash in water.
- Soften and remove the skins of the beans by soaking in water for a few hours or overnight.
- Rub beans together between your hands to remove the skins. Rinse to wash away the skins and drain in a colander.
- Now, add half a cup of water and grind the beans into a smooth, thick paste.
- Add the onion, shrimps, and pepper, and salt. Mix very well with a whisk or wooden spatula for a few minutes.
- Heat cooking oil in a frying pan. Make sure the oil is hot enough but doesn’t burn. You can test this by sprinkling some bean paste into the pan. Reduce heat if it burns up immediately.
- Set spoonfuls of the bean paste into the oil and deep-fry (the oil should almost cover the paste). Use a fork to turn the sides until the whole turns a deep brown. Remove from the pan when completely cooked.
- Your Akara can be eaten on its own or along with custard, pap, eko, or bread. Serve and Enjoy!