Akara – Ingredients and the best Method of Preparation


  • 2 Cups of beans
  • Scotch bonnet pepper
    (Ata rodo)
  • atashe (optional)
  • 1 Maggi cube (optional)
  • Salt – to taste
  • 1 medium onion –
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Method of Cooking:

Step 1: Wash and peel the Beans.
Step 2: Pour into a blender in bits with half of the pepper and onions and blend into a
smooth paste with minimal water. (You can take it to the mill to grind)
Step 3: Pour the blended beans into a bowl; add salt, chopped pepper and onions.
Step 4: Mix for at least 10 minutes to incorporate enough air into the batter. You can
use mortar and pestle, a hand mixer or a wooden spatula to mix.
Step 5: Set a deep pan on medium heat and pour in enough oil for deep frying.
Step 6: Once the oil is hot, scoop the batter into oil, you can use your hands, an ice
cream scoop or a small spoon


  • Fry on each side until golden brown.
  • Remove the akara balls with a slotted/frying spoon and drain on kitchen paper
    or newspaper.
  • Repeat the process until the batter is exhausted.
     Your Beans paste must not be watery to achieve perfect Akara balls.


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