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Powered Up Akara

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Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup Beans (black eye or brown beans)
  • 1 large egg
  • Pepper – to taste
  • 1 maggi Cube
  • Salt – to taste
  • 1 tbspn Vegetable or coconut oil
  • ½ medium tomato – chopped
  • 1 cup green vegetable – Chopped
Directions
  1. cover unpeeled beans with generous amount of boiled water, place a lid over it and allow to soften for 10 minutes . Rinse and drain
  2. Combine chopped vegetable, onions and tomatoes with some salt and pepper. set aside
  3. Combine beans with 1 cup water and blend until smooth. Add in egg, pepper, maggi and salt. Blend again until well incorporated. Divide batter into two
  4. set a large non stick pan on medium-high heat, heat up ½ of the oil. add in pureed beans, allow to cover the bottom of the pan. Cook for 3 – 5 minutes or until you see bubbles at the top
  5. Top half of the akara with half vegetable mix. Gently fold the remaining half over the filling and cook for 2 more minutes.
  6. Repeat last two steps with other half of the ingredients
Recipe Note:
  • The batter consistency for the filled akara should be on the fluid side (a cross between crepe and pancake batter).
  • Do not add too much batter to the pan at once. The recipe can make up to 5 flat circles depending on the size of your pan
  • Be sure to distribute the batter evenly in the pan so as to avoid pulling on one side or in the middle. Pick up the pan and give it a quick swirl
  • For taco style filling; allow the akara to cool slightly before attempting the wrap. Overly warm akara will break.

Recipe Variation

The Green Beast Akara

Not a fan of raw vegetables? puree 2-3 handfuls of Ugu, spinach or efo Tete with the akara mixture. Cook using the Pan Fried Akara method

End result:

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This version incorporates chopped vegetables, more hot pepper and sweet corn to create the perfect textured akara.

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