Akara – Fried Bean Cakes

As a Nigerian, it is imperative that you know about Akara. If you don’t like it, then something is seriously wrong with you. Akara is a staple in most Nigerian households and something that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner.

For this recipe, you need peeled black eyed beans. You can find them in certain stores, or do them yourself. If you are peeling the beans yourself, make sure to soak the beans in water for at least 24 hours. Change the water and rub the beans between your hands to loosen the skin. Then desperate the listened skins from the beans. This is a long process so don’t start it unless you have time.

Serving Size: 2 (increase as needed)

Cook Time: 20 – 30 minutes


  • Oil for frying, electric fryer if you have one
  • 1 cup black eye beans, peeled
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons of water
  • 1/4 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 habanero pepper, chopped


  1. Heat oil in a frying pan or electric fryer.
  2. Blend black eyed beans with water. Add water tablespoon at a time The mixture should be very thick, smooth, and creamy.
  3. In a bowl, mix together blended beans, habonero pepper, and onions.
  4. Form balls using a spoon and place them in the oil.
  5. Fry until both sides are brown, 2 – 3 minutes.
  6. Take out of the oil and place on a paper towel lined container.
  7. Can be eaten alone or with other side dishes.
  8. Enjoy!

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