Akara also known as bean cake is a staple breakfast food from Southern Nigeria made from ground beans mixed with spices. The ground beans paste is then deep fried in groundnut oil till it turns a dark golden brown which indicates that it is well cooked and ready to be eaten.

Akara is usually served locally with a side of Bread, Custard, Pap (local corn custard) or even Garri.

Want to learn how to make this dish?It’s pretty simple to prepare as well.


-1 cup peeled beans
-1 raw chilli pepper
-1 raw egg
-2/3 teaspoon of salt
-3 teaspoons of chopped basil
-1/4 cup chopped cooked shrimp (optional)
– Vegetable oil for frying


1. In a blender, combine the chilli and beans (do not add water).

2. Pour the pureed beans into a bowl, add in the salt, crack in the egg.

3. Mix combined ingredients with a spatula until everything is well incorporated. (do a taste test for salt, adjust if you need more)

4. Set a deep pan on medium heat, add in some oil.

5 Once the oil is hot enough, add the basil(and shrimps if using) into the beans mixture and combine.

6. Ball up the beans and add it into the oil. Fry on each side until golden brown (2.5mins).

7. Lift out the akara balls with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

8. Repeat the process until everything is fried.

9. Serve alone or with a side of Pap, Bread, Custard or Garri.



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