Beans Fritters - Akara
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: African
  • 2 cups dried brown beans
  • 1½ onions
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 habanero pepper (optional)
  • Seasoned salt
  • Canola oil
  1. Soak beans for 20 minutes. Peel the skin by rubbing the beans between your palms; the process should take no more than 10 minutes. Once it's clean, it will look like this. Trust me that's the hard part. If you've gotten this far, you've done better than most.
  2. Put the beans, bell pepper, and onion into a food processor. Process for about 60 seconds, if needed add a few drops of water
  3. Heat oil in a medium-large frying pan
  4. Transfer beans onto a bowl, add the remaining chopped pepper/onion, add seasoning salt to taste and mix thoroughly
  5. Using a tablespoon or ice scream scoop, drop the beans into the hot oil and fry for roughly ⅔ minutes per side depending on how big it is
  6. Scoop onto paper towel to drain excess oil, repeat steps 5 until all the beans are gone
  7. Serve warm in between bread as a sandwich or you can eat it alone, or you can dip it into this habanero ranch dipping sauce if you're up for the challenge.
Recipe by Afropolitan Mom at