For today I will be doing from the List of Snack Foods. After going back and forth, I decided on the first one. Akara is a snack dish, or rather from what I read, is also more of a breakfast dish in Nigeria. If I am to be offered this for my breakfast, trust me, I would never skip my breakfast ever! I have always enjoyed the Mirapakaya Bajji with Uggani when I visit my SIL and totally love fried fritters anytime!
particular to Andhra cuisine. For one, Akara is deep fried fritter or
vada as we can call, from black eyed bean. Alasanda as we call in Telugu, is very common in our cuisine. The famous Alasanda Vada is made with this ground bean with green chilies and onions.Coming back to this snack, I remember Suma making this and I researched further on this to see how it is made.
Deciding that the weekend would be the best bet to make it, I ensure I
had the dried beans in my pantry. After soaking it overnight, I got on
to the task of rubbing off the outer skin. On seeing me do that, Athamma
came to ask what I was up to. Can you believe my shock when she told me
that her mom used to do the same when they were kids? She went to on
say that she stopped doing it as it seem too much of a hassle, rubbing
those skin off.
It was always done that way, rubbing the soaked
bean to remove the outer skin, later grinding it to a very smooth batter
along with onions and chillies. Imagine that we have moved forward from
that method and this one is still cherished in some parts of the world!
The recipe called for ripe chilies and I was happy knowing that Amma
had saved some, knowing I might always tend to make some dish with the
I have a small pestle and mortar, which I used to peel off the
skin, however used my mixer to grind it with onions. It turns out to be
spongy and pillow in middle and crispy on top. Athamma was so happy
remembering her childhood days through this dish.
All in all this dish was well received and yes we totally Indianian it by serving it with Murunga Sambar. How is that!
This delicious deep fried snack is also called as the Nigerian Bean Cake.
Black eyed peas – 1 cup
Onion (chopped) – 1 medium
Ripe Chilies/ Green Chilies – 2 -3 as per spice.
Oil for frying
Salt to taste
How to make the Akara
Wash and soak your beans overnight in enough water. Change water couple of times and in pestle and mortar slightly rub on the beans.
Just apply enough pressure by pounding it to make sure the skin peels off. You will have to change waters for the light outer skin to wash away.
Once your bean is all peeled off, drain and using your mixer, grind to a very smooth batter. In the final stage add chopped onions and chilies. Blend once again.
Just before frying add salt.
Heat a kadai with enough oil, using a spoon, scoop down spoonful into hot oil and let it get cooked. Simmer for initial frying as the fritters need to be cooked inside.
Then turn over and cook on both sides.
Drain on a kitchen towel and serve with ketchup!