The Right Way to Make Akara


Akara is a popular Nigerian snack made with beans, also known as bean cakes, bean-balls or bean fritas.

To make Akara, you need to, first of all, remove the beans coat just before you make the Akara. You can’t use coatless beans that have been stored in the fridge or freezer to make Akara or it will just spatter everywhere in the oil.

Akara. Photo credit: Foodace


  • 1 cup beans (black-eyed or brown beans)
  • 2 atarodo (habanero) peppers
  • 1 medium onion
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Equipment you will need

  • Blender
  • Mortar and Pestle

Before you fry Akara

  • Remove the beans coat. It is important that you do not let salt come in contact with the beans you will use in making Akara till you are ready to fry it. Salt is believed to destroy the leavening property of beans. Doing this will prevent spattering of the beans batter during frying.
  • Soak the beans in water for 2 hours to make it soft enough for your blender. If you will grind it using the heavy duty grinders in Nigerian markets, it will not be necessary to soak the beans for extended periods of time.
  • Cut the pepper and onions into desirable sizes.