Akara is a delicious, deep-fried bean cake made from beans and other ingredients (peppers, onions, salt, and seasoning cubes). It is easy to prepare and a nutritious meal to eat.

Akara’s origin is from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria but has found its way to other parts of West African countries. This meal will give your taste bud the taste it deserves, and it doesn’t cost much to prepare. They are also good for evening snacks and appetizers. If you are not a fan of beans, then this could be good for you.


  1. Beans
  2. Onions
  3. Habanero pepper
  4. Seasoning cubes
  5. Salt
  6. Crayfish
  7. Vegetable oil


  1. Soak the beans a night before so they would be soft. Peel off the beans with your hands (the hard way) or transfer the beans into a food processor and add water (the easy way).
  2. Blend the peeled beans with pepper and onions. Do not add too much water to the beans. Why? The paste has to be thick also blend the beans in smaller portions.
  3. Pour the batter into a bowl and add chopped onions, salt, and seasoning cubes (dissolved in water), and crayfish. Whisk for about 5 minutes depending on the tool used until the batter becomes fluffy (this is to make the Akara float in the oil and not suck in too much oil).
  4. Preheat the oil and add the Akara. The oil should be enough to allow it to deep fry. Flip it when one of its sides is brown.

Note; regulate the heat. Akara doesn’t need too much heat to fry.

  1. Fry till golden brown.

Enjoy your Akara with any meal of your choice, or just eat as it is.

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