I made a vow to myself back in 2012 that I was going to get back into the kitchen and finally learn to cook those African dishes that I love to eat but I have no idea how to cook. Seeing as it's 2014 I should probably make good on it.
I'm starting off easy with one of my favourites, Akara. Akara is a popular street food, that is best served with Ogi (a smooth sour porridge) for breakfast or eaten on it's own as a mid-afternoon snack. It is essentially a deep fried spicy bean cake and it's delicious. The recipe is my mother's and as she doesn't deal in exact measurements I have provided guesstimates.
Recipe (Makes 8 - 10 cakes)
200g of Nigerian bean flour
200ml of water
One small onion finely sliced
Salt to taste
Chilli pepper to taste
One large egg
1. Pour bean flower into a mixing bowl and add water stirring continuously. Consistency should be like pancake batter.
2. Add onions, salt and chilli pepper and stir. Fold egg into mix.
3. Heat oil in a large pan over a high heat.
5. Spoon large table spoons of the mixture into the pan, cook for 1 - 2 minutes on both sides until golden brown.
6. Rest on kitchen paper to remove excess oil. Serve!
For my first solo attempt, I don't think I did too badly. The flavour was there but they came out flatter than I would have liked. I think the mixture was a little too thin and I was over zealous when mixing in the egg. Any Akara experts out there, please share your tips!