Indulge in the irresistible flavors of Akara, a beloved West African snack. Made from a blend of soaked black-eyed peas, chopped onions, and fiery scotch bonnet peppers, these golden brown fritters are a crispy delight. Simply deep-fry until perfectly cooked, and savor the spicy and savory goodness of Akara, a tasty treat that's quick and easy to prepare.

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


Servings: 1
  • 2 cups
    Black-eyed peas soaked and washed
  • 1 piece
    Onion small
  • 1-2
    Scotch bonnet peppers finely chopped, adjust to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Rinse and soak black-eyed peas to soften it for 20minutes.

  2. Place the black-eyed peas in a blender or food processor, and blend. Add water if needed until you get a smooth paste.

  3. Transfer the paste to a mixing bowl and add the chopped onions, scotch bonnet peppers, and salt. Mix well to combine.

  4. Heat enough vegetable oil for deep frying over medium-high heat in a deep frying pan.

  5. Take spoonfuls of the akara mixture and carefully drop them into the hot oil. You can use an ice cream scoop or your hands.

  6. Fry the akara until golden brown and cooked through, turning them occasionally to ensure even frying.


Blend the bean paste until smooth; be cautious when frying to avoid splatters. Adjust the pepper to taste, and use ample oil for even frying. Enjoy your crispy Akara fritters as a flavorful West African snack or appetizer.


Courses: Nigerian Snacks
Cuisines: Nigerian
Keywords: African Street Food, Akara Cooking Instructions, Crispy Fritters, Easy Akara Preparation
Difficulty: Level 2 (average)
Cooking time: 45-60 minutes
Season: General
Number ingredients: 1-5 ingredients
Taste: Savory, Spicy
Preparation method: Frying
Type of dish: accompaniments, Snacks
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge

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