Cookbook:Bean Balls

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Bean Balls
Beans Ball-Akara.jpg
Category Bean recipes
Yield 24 balls
Time 1½ hours

Akara are a Nigerian snack of fried bean balls. It is often served with akamu (pap), eko, bread, Nigerian custard, fried plantain (dodo), fried potatoes, etc.



  1. Soak the beans in water for about 1 hour.
  2. Remove the skins from the soaked beans.
  3. Grind the beans, pepper, and chopped onions to a fine paste. Whisk until you get a fluffy paste.
  4. Stir in salt and seasoning cubes.
  5. Heat enough oil in a pan for shallow- or deep-frying. Use a serving spoon to scoop the paste into hot oil, and fry until golden brown.
  6. Serve hot with corn pap, bread, or any other accompaniment you desire.

Notes, tips, and variationsEdit

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