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11th May, 2018

Akara from Nigeria is a deep fried batter made of bean paste, fresh onions, red chilli and salt and is a popular snack sold at street stalls

These go great with a dip of soured cream and chives


  • 400g tin Black Eyed Peas
  • 1 red chilli pepper, finely chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 an onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • oil for frying


    Sieve the beans and discard the liquid. Pop the beans into a large bowl and cover with water and let soak for about 15 minutes. Then give the beans a rub with your hands to remove the skins because these won't break down and the mix will disintegrate when you fry them.

    In a blender, puree the beans, onion and chilli to a smooth paste

    Decant the pureed beans into a bowl and add in the salt and the egg and using an electric whisk, beat for 5 minutes to incorporate a lot of air into the batter until it's light and fluffy

    Add some oil to a frying pan and bring to a medium-high heat. Take a teaspoon of the batter and carefully place into the oil and fry until it's golden brown all over. Note that you'll have to do these in batches to retain the heat of the oil

    Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil