Nigerian Akara: West African Black Eyed Pea Fritters

Akara is a tasty fried black eyed pea fritter that can be served by itself, a side of pap, with cold soaked garri, custard, porridge oats or in a burger.

Nigerian Akara: West African Black Eyed Pea Fritters - Akara fresh from fryer

The other day I shared my recipe for Moi moi, and if you recall, I said that Moi moi was one of my favorites, but that I had other dishes that were also on my favorite list. Akara is another favorite of mine and is quite easy to make. Nigerian Akara is similar to Moi moi, but unlike Moi moi that is steamed, Akara are fried black eyed pea fritters. The texture and taste of Akara and Moi moi are worlds apart, but they use very similar ingredients.

Nigerian Akara: West African Black Eyed Pea Fritters - 3 in foreground with sipping sauce and bundle in the back

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Nigerian Akara: West African Black Eyed Pea Fritters - Akara with spicy dipping sauce top shot
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Nigerian Akara Recipe
Prep Time
5 hr
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
5 hr 30 mins
 
Nigerian Akara are tasty fried black eyed pea fritters that can be served by themselves, a side of pap, with garri, custard, porridge oats or in a burger.
Cuisine: West African
Servings: 30 -32 pieces
Calories: 220 kcal
Author: Yummy Medley
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups black eyed peas
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 scotch bonnet/ habanero peppers
  • 3 tsp vegetable bouillon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. First of all, start by skinning the beans. Simply soak the beans in water for 3 minutes. After about 3 minutes, the skin of the beans should start wrinkling a little bit. Place the beans in a food processor, with some water, just enough to cover it. Pulse the food processor about 5-6 times to agitate the beans. This process breaks the beans up and separates the skins off the beans. Be careful, some water might splash out of the processor while pulsing the beans.
  2. Pour the skinned beans in a bowl. Rinse several times to separate the beans from the skins, draining the skins with the water with each rinse. The skins should come off easily because the skins are lighter and should float to the top.
  3. Once the beans are clean, soak them in water for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. After the beans have soaked, drain the water that they have been soaking in, and rinse the beans one more time.
  5. Using a mortar and pestle or a food processor, grind the scotch bonnet peppers to a rough paste and set aside.
  6. Blend the beans and the onions with 1/2 a cup of water until it is completely smooth.
  7. The texture should be similar to that of a thick muffin batter.
  8. Heat up oil for deep frying in a pan up to 375°F while prepping the akara batter.
  9. Add the salt, bullion, and scotch bonnet peppers to the bean batter, mixing continuously for five minutes to in-cooperate air into the batter.
  10. With a large spoon, drop the akara batter a spoonful at a time into the hot oil to fry. Fry for 3-5 minutes on each side until it is golden brown both sides, take out of the frying oil and place into a colander or on paper towels to drain.
  11. Serve hot!

Nigerian Akara: West African Black Eyed Pea Fritters - Akara with spicy dipping sauce top shot

Akara can be served by itself, with a side of pap (a corn based porridge also called ‘akamu’), eaten with cold soaked garri as a side dish (as my hubby likes to have it for some reason), custard, porridge oats or in my new favorite way: as a burger. To assemble the akara burger simply place the fried bean fritter between your favorite buns ( I used Ghana sweet bread buns), and top with your favorite burger toppings. I topped my burger with caramelized onions, sprouts, and tomatoes.

Nigerian Akara: West African Black Eyed Pea Fritters - Akara in 3 delicious burgers Nigerian Akara: West African Black Eyed Pea Fritters - Akara in 3 burgers with hand in the background picking tomato

Let me know if you enjoyed this Nigerian Akara recipe! And if you are looking for another delicious black eyed peas recipe, why not check out the Moi Moi: Steamed Black Eyed Peas Pudding recipe?

4 Comments

  1. Osaze

    September 5, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    This was my favorite breakfast growing up! This recipe makes me want to be a child again 🙂. Amazing photography xxx

    Reply
    • Ms. Yum

      September 6, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Osaze! You should try the recipe yourself!

      Reply
  2. Sunshine

    September 9, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Your pictures are topnotch.
    I remember trying this at home. Need to try this again.

    Reply
    • Ms. Yum

      September 11, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Thank you Sunshine! You definitely should give it a try.

      Reply

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