Beans ball is commonly known as Akara or beans cake. It is also known as black-eyed peas fritters. It is a popular Nigerian snack that is prepared with beans or cowpeas. Beans ball is a tasty meal that is crispy, irresistible, yummy, and nutritious.
Beans ball is a very delicious, deep-fried meal made from black-eyed peas paste. They are quick, easy, and tasty and involve only a handful of some common ingredients. Beans ball is vegetarian-friendly and it is eaten in West Africa especially Nigeria and other countries like Brazil.
Beans ball can be traced to have originated from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. However, it has found its way into the hearts of some other west African countries.
Akara is a very nutritious meal as it is prepared from beans. They provide an affordable source of protein, fiber, iron, and vitamins which are of significant health benefits. Beans are rich in amino acids. This serves as the protein building block of the body and the body uses it to heal and to make new tissues like blood, bone, muscle, hair, and skin. Protein is a very important nutrient. Beans also contain antioxidants which help to fight off free radicals in the body.
As a result, antioxidant-rich foods like beans can help protect the body against disease. Beans also have anti-inflammatory properties and help to fight inflammation. Beans also help to stabilize the blood glucose level. Thus, reducing the risk of diabetes. This is due to the high fiber content they possess. In essence, the importance of beans cannot be overemphasized.
In this article, I present to you my special recipe and method of preparing beans ball (Akara).
1. Two cups of black-eyed beans (depending on the amount you need)
2. Scotch bonnet pepper (about 5 of them)
3. Onions (2 large onions)
4. Salt (a pinch)
5. Spring onions (this ingredient is optional)
6. Seasoning (this ingredient is optional)
7. Groundnut oil (for frying)
8. 1 egg (this ingredient is optional)
Step 1. Pick out the dirt in the beans. Soak in hot water for 10 minutes.
Step 2. Peel off the skin of the beans by pounding with a mortar and pestle or rubbing off the skin using your hands. When you pound with a pestle, add some water into the beans and rub off the skin. Filter it in a way that only the skin remains in the sieve.
Step 3. After peeling off the skin of the beans, soak in cold water for 5 minutes.
Step 4. Wash the pepper and onions. Blend the beans, pepper, and onions using a blender. Add just a small amount of water when blending. This is very important as it determines the texture of the beans ball. A watery texture would produce scattered balls but a thick texture would give nicely shaped balls. Always aim for a thicker consistency.
Step 5. Pour the blended mixture into a bowl and add some salt and seasoning. Stir in a circular motion using a wooden spatula for about 5 minutes.
Step 6. Break an egg and add to the mixture. Stir for another 5 minutes.
Step 7. Wash some spring onions and slice into the beans paste. Mix for a minute and get a scoop.
Step 8. Place a frying pan on a heat source and add enough amount of groundnut oil. Allow to heat for a while.
Step 9. Using a scoop, add some of the beans paste and allow to fry. Flip to the other side once it turns golden brown.
Step 10. When both sides are golden-brown, take out the beans ball and drain the oil by transferring the Akara into a sieve lined with a paper towel. Your beans ball is ready to be served. It should be noted that beans ball tends to soak up a lot of oil if the temperature of the oil drops. Hence, you should be careful not to overcrowd the frying pan, so that the temperature of the oil doesn’t drop.
WHAT CAN BEANS BALL BE EATEN WITH?
Enjoy your beans ball with any of the following:
5. Fried Yam