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How to make Akara (Bean cake)



For the Akara (Bean cake)



•2 Cups Brown Beans
•3 Chili pepper « Shombo » – Optional
•2 Red bell pepper « Tatashey »
•2 Scotch bonnet pepper « Ata rodo »
•1 small Red onion
•2 Seasoning cubes , Crushed
•Salt to taste
•Vegetable oil/ plam oil (For deep frying)


Step 1: Sort the beans to separate the chaff from the beans. To remove the skin, there are two methods i.e The hand method & The Blender method. The hand method is the manual way of peeling beans and is much more difficult as it could take up to an hour to complete while the blender method is easier and could take about 5 minutes to complete.
Hand Method of removing beans skin:
Soak the beans in water for like 10 mins or less. if you soak the beans for a longer period the skin would stick to the body of the beans thereby making it very difficult to wash off. Peel the skin off the beans by rubbing them between your hands and rinsing to allow the skins to float to the top. Sieve the brown skin out with clean water leaving the white part of the beans.
Blender Method of removing beans skin:
Another method of washing beans to make it easier is to put the unwashed beans into a blender, Add water & pulse the blender for about 5 minutes. This doesn’t break the beans but removes the skin. Sieve the brown skin out with clean water leaving the white part of the beans.

Step 2: Remove the seeds from the red bell pepper and wash. Place the washed beans (White) in the blender. Add the Red bell pepper (Tatashey), Scotch bonnet (Shombo) and onion into the Blender. Add a little water to enable the blades of the blender move and blend till you get a smooth paste.

Step 3: Put the mixture in a mortar, add Salt and Crushed Seasoning. Gradually stir the paste with a pestle for about 5 minutes. This is one of the secrets to getting very soft akara balls.

Step 4: Pour the vegetable oil into a frying pan and heat up. Spoon the mixture into the sizzling oil to form balls one spoon at a time and fry until golden brown making sure you flip frequently on each side.

Step 5: Remove balls and drain on absorbent kitchen paper.

Serve with Hot sauce/ pepper as a snack or with pap(Ogi/Akamu/koko) as a meal

Akara served with Pap topped with powdered chocolate drink

Akara served with pap and milk
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Recipe for Banana Bread





4.5 tablespoons of butter, softened

2 ripe bananas

2 eggs

2/3 cup of sugar

a pinch of salt

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder


Mash the bananas till it’s smooth.

Whisk the eggs and set aside.

Mix all your dry ingredients except the sugar and set aside

Mix the butter, egg and sugar and cream it. Add the mashed bananas to this mixture and mix till smooth.

Pour the wet ingredients to the bowl of the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly till smooth incorporating air as you mix.

Pre-Heat the oven to 375F, grease the pan and pour in your mixture and place in the oven. It should take roughly 25-30 minutes to bake fully. To make sure it’s ready, stick a toothpick in it and if the toothpick comes out clear you are good to go. Allow to cool for a bit and serve 🙂

P.S: If you would be adding walnuts, currants or chocolate chips, add it to the mixture before pouring it into the pan while you are incorporating air.

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Recipe for Akara Pancake





A Cup of Bean Flour

1 egg white

1/4 bulb of Onion

1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper

Half of a Seasoning cube

1/2 cup of water

1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil


For Egg White Omelette

3 Egg Whites

A handful of chopped Spring Onion

1 Tablespoon of chopped parsley

Half of Yellow Pepper

1/2 of Red Bell Pepper

Half of a bulb of Red Onion

1/2 of an Avocado

2 small Tomatoes

One Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil

1 Seasoning cube

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper


In a bowl, mix your bean flour, blended onion and pepper, egg white, seasoning cube and water.

In a pan with heated oil, scoop the akara pancake mix into the pan and allow to brown on both sides.

Flip pancake on each side to make sure it cooks.

For the Egg White Omelette

Chop your vegetables and set aside.

Whisk your eggs, season with seasoning cube and black pepper and set aside.

Heat up your pan and stir fry the vegetables on medium heat for one minute.

Pour in your eggs and stir fry with the vegetables and allow the eggs to set.

Chop up your avocado and mix with your egg white omelette to serve with the akara pancake.













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Ham & Pea Pancakes





  • 1½ cup Golden Cloud Flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½c buttermilk
  • 220 g ham
  • 1 can KOO Fresh Garden Peas, rinsed and drained
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives


Large measuring cup or bowl, whisk, large non-stick pan


  1. In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarb, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until fully incorporated. Stir in the ham and peas.
  3. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Check the heat by sprinkling the skillet with water – when the water bubbles and evaporates immediately, pour 3 x ¼ cups of batter into the pan.
  4. Cook the pancakes until bubbles begin to appear around the edges and in the center, about 1 to 2 minutes. Using a spatula, peek under the pancakes to check if they are golden brown then carefully flip them.
  5. Cook the pancakes 1 minute more, peeking to make sure the underside is golden brown. Transfer them to a baking sheet and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the butter and chives; serve with the pancakes.

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