Cookbook:Bean Balls

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Bean Balls
Akara
Category Bean

This cuisine, popularly called akara, is known to be a common snack in Nigeria. It is commonly used as an accompaniment with Ogi (pap), eko (cold solid pap), bread, custard, fried plantain (dodo), fried potatoes etc.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

  • Ground beans (soaked overnight so the outer covering comes off easily)
  • Ground pepper or preferable fresh peppers (scotch bonnets (rodo)
  • Onion, chopped thinly or ground/Seasoning cubes
  • Salt
  • Palm Oil/Groundnut Oil

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. Remove the skins from the soaked beans.
  2. Grind the beans and pepper and onions (if using fresh peppers) to a fine paste and whisk until you get a fluffy paste.
  3. Add ground pepper, onion, and salt to the paste, and mix well.
  4. Put oil into a large frying pan and heat it. Use a serving spoon to scoop the paste into hot oil, and fry until golden brown.
  5. Serve hot with corn pap, bread or any other accompaniment you desire.

Note[edit | edit source]

Nowadays, especially in private homes, the skin of the beans is no longer removed so as to get the maximum benefit from the nutrition values in the beans.