Monday, April 30, 2012

Akara recipe

Hello lovelies,
I hope you all had a great weekend. Today's post came about as a result of my best friend calling me at 7 in the morning *side eye* to find out if I could come up with a recipe for akara for one of her coworkers. Her coworker in question is a Caribbean lady who had tried akara once and has fallen in love with it ever since. After giving my best friend a hard time for waking me up so early, I tried going back to bed but couldn' For starters, I was very excited about my first official recipe request since starting the blog. Secondly, I began craving akara myself! 

2 cups black-eyed peas (beans)
1 red bell pepper (seeded)
1 small red onion
2 habanero peppers (optional)
1 small yellow onion (diced)
4 knorr cubes (crushed)
¼ tsp salt
2 cups vegetable oil

1. In a blender, combine beans and enough water to cover the beans

2. Crush for about 15 - 30 seconds, to loosen the husks from the beans
3. In a medium sized bowl, pour the crushed mixture
4. Drain off floating husks and excess water
5. Add more water, and rub beans between palms to remove the husks
6. Continue steps 4 and 5 until all the husks are removed

1. In a blender, add ½ cup water and half the amount of; beans, red onions, red bell pepper and habanero pepper and puree
2. Pour half of the blended mixture into a clean bowl
3. To the remaining mixture in the blender, add ¼ cup water and the rest of the; beans, red onions, red bell peppers and puree
4. Combine the blended mixture with the mixture in the bowl

5. Add knorr cubes, salt and diced yellow onion to the blended mixture in the bowl and stir
6. In a frying pan, add vegetable oil and heat on medium heat till hot
7. Scoop blended mixture using a spoon or small scoop and carefully drop into hot oil
8. Fry akara on each side until golden brown
9. Remove from hot oil and drain on paper towel
10. Enjoy with bread, cereal or pudding of choice

I am such a pushover when it comes to recipe requests, so if there is anything you would like to see on here feel free to let me know. Have a blessed week lovelies!



  1. I am so craving this right now...the beans in India is so stupidly hard that I cant even waste my time on it.

  2. Hello dear, thanks for stopping by all the way from India! I'm sorry to hear about the beans down there, I wish I could help....have you tried soaking the beans for about 24 hours before dehusking it?

  3. Or buy the ground beans and skip the preparation bit entirely. It still tastes the same ;)