Experiments in the Kitchen: Akara

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!