How To Make Akara With Beans Flour


Akara is a common Nigerian finger food which originated from Western Nigerian.

Yoruba people are known to share akara with their loved ones and well-wishers whenever there is an event such burial ceremonies, birthdays especially for twins, investitures, traditional festivals, naming ceremonies and so many other events.

As it is with many Nigerian recipes, over time, other Nigerian tribes have also adopted akara into their meal plans because of its delicious taste and health benefits.

Buying akara is very easy in Nigeria. Wherever you are simply asking anyone around you where you can buy akara and you will surely be directed to the nearest street food vendor close to your location.

Akara Recipe

This recipe is one of the most highly sought after recipes for Nigerian street food because akara is a general breakfast favourite of many people.

Akara is easily combined with many other foods to achieve a delicious and fulfilling breakfast experience.

Here are some of the delicious akara food combinations Nigerians enjoy.

  • Akara and Pap or Akamu
  • Akara and bread
  • Akara and Oats
  • Akara and Custard

As a result, many people would love to learn how to make it from the comfort of their homes rather than buying from street food vendors every time.

To be honest, it is better to make akara yourself from the comfort of your home rather than buying from street food vendors.

Why you should consider making Akara yourself.

There are two reasons why you should really consider learning how to make akara. for this namely; cost effectiveness and hygiene.

  • Cost effectiveness - Taking your time to learn how to make akara using an akara recipe is cheaper than buying akara because you will surely get more value for your money in terms of quantity and quality as well.
  • Food Safety and Hygiene - We should be concerned about how the foods we consume are being prepared. It is an open secret that, street food vendors do not always prepare foods they sell in very hygienic conditions.

All the reasons stated above are the reasons why you should consider learning how to make akara yourself.

In this recipe, I will be writing about how to make akara using beans flour. Using beans flour to make akara will save you a lot of cooking and preparation time.

Using beans flour is great for people outside Nigeria who only have access to beans flour not raw beans.

For those who have access to raw beans, the use of beans flour is great way of reducing food preparation time.

I will go ahead to list all the ingredients needed for this recipe below.

Ingredients for akara

  • 2.5 cup Beans flour
  • 1.5 cup water
  • salt
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 medium size onions
  • 4 scotch bonnet peppers

How to fry akara with beans flour

  • Add 2 1/2 cups of pure beans flour into a bowl
  • Gradually pour lukewarm water into the beans flour while mixing at the same time.
  • Do this till you get a semi-thick consistency as shown in my recipe video on youtube
  • After mixing, cover the bowl and set aside for 10 -30 minutes depending on how long you can wait.
  • Chop the onions and peppers set aside
  • Put your frying pan on your cooker
  • Set the cooking temperature to high heat
  • Pour the vegetable oil into the frying pan and allow the oil heat up well
  • Add some onion slices into the oil for a nice flavour
  • Measure the exact quantity of beans batter you can fry at once into a clean bowl
  • Add salt, onions and pepper
  • Mix very well
  • Gently scoop the mixed beans batter into the hot oil
  • Do this till all the mixed beans batter is finished
  • The beans batter will float almost immediately
  • Allow the akara fry on both sides till it turns golden
  • While frying lightly press the akara down with your spoon to ensure that the inside is well cooked
  • Place a bowl beneath your basket or colander to help drain excess oil
  • Scoop hot akara out of the hot oil and into the basket
  • Do this till all the beans batter has been fried.

Akara is ready to be enjoyed alone or with your favourite food.

how to make akara with beans flourbeans flour Read more about the common mistakes mad while making akara here You can also shop for beans flour here. Recipe from The Online Cook © 2023

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