Food | A recipe from Nigeria: how to make Akara

Bean cakes, or ‘Akara’, are a Nigerian snack or breakfast food, and the perfect complement to your morning coffee.


  • 125g bean flour
  • 250ml water
  • 1 stock cube
  • ¼ red onion
  • 2 tbsps of salt
  • 1 pepper
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Dice the onion and pepper and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the bean flour, water, stock cube, onions and pepper to make a batter.
  3. Stir well and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pan until hot, and drop ½ tsp of batter in the oil to test it. If the oil is hot enough, the batter will rise almost immediately.
  5. Scoop batter into hot oil and let it fry till it turns golden brown.
  6. Scoop the bean cake out of the oil and pop onto a piece of kitchen roll to absorb the excess oil.

Allow to cool and enjoy!

Efe Onedo

Image property of

Leave a Reply