•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
Engagement Roast Chicken
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Remove and discard the chicken giblets. Pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Cut the lemons in quarters, place 2 quarters in the chicken along with the garlic and reserve the rest of the lemons. Brush the outside of the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the chicken in a small (11 by 14-inch) roasting pan. (If the pan is too large, the onions will burn.) Place the reserved lemons and the sliced onions in a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Pour the mixture around the chicken in the pan.
Roast the chicken for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and a thigh. Remove the chicken to a platter, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the sauce, leaving the lemons and onions in the pan.
Place the pan on top of the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Add the wine and stir with a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits. Add the stock and sprinkle on the flour, stirring constantly for a minute, until the sauce thickens. Add any juices that collect under the chicken. Carve the chicken onto a platter and serve with the lemons, onions, and warm sauce.
Smoky Black Bean Burgers
Prep 10 m
Cook 10 m
Ready In 55 m
- Mix ground flax seed and water together in a small bowl. Let sit to thicken, about 5 minutes.
- Mix flax mixture, black beans, panko bread crumbs, garlic, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke together in a bowl until combined. Form batter into 4 patties; arrange on a plate. Chill in refrigerator until set, about 30 minutes.
- Spray a skillet with cooking spray; place patties in skillet over medium heat. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side.
Source : allrecipes.com