Akara is made from pureed beans. The beans is soaked in water and skin is peeled, then its pureed and mixed with a variety of ingredients and fried. This is a popular Nigerian breakfast delicacy which is served with pap or custard. I love to have mine sandwiched between bread. I decided to turn up the recipe by adding bacon, red bell pepper and broccoli to mine. This resulted in a mind blowing yummy delight. To get a round shape you have to take care when adding water so as to get a thick consistency, too much water will result in a flat akara. Akara is rich in protein and dietary fiber. Here is how to make my veggies bacon filled akara.
2 cups of beans
1 small onion
1 red bell pepper
1 habanero pepper
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup broccoli bits
1/2 cup diced bacon
Soak beans in water. And begin to rub and squeeze to Peel the outside skin from the beans.
In a processor, blend the beans and habanero pepper till you get a smooth paste.
Transfer to a bowl and mix the purée adding bacon, broccoli, red bell pepper and just a little water so that it can retain its shape for frying.
Scoop with an ice cream scoop or a regular spoon and drop into a pan of hot olive oil, heated to 360 degrees F.
Fry until golden brown. Remove and place in a paper towel-lined plate.
Make a dipping sauce by dicing tomato, onions and basil.
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil into pan
Add the chopped tomato, onions stock cube and basil into pan and fry for 3 minutes.
Serve your veggies bacon filled Akara with your favourite side.
You can watch the peparation in the video below.