- African Honey Beans400 GramsAbout 3.5 cups. Substitute with black-eyed peas.
- Chilli Pepper6 Pieces
- Onion1 Pieces
- Egg1 Pieces
- Crayfish2 Tablespoonsor more. You can substitute with smoked shrimps
- Salt and Seasoning CubeTo taste
- Oil or ButterFor frying
- Curry Powder (Optional)0.5 Teaspoons
- Chilli Powder (Optional)1 Tablespoons
How to make Akara Pancake
This recipe makes about 6 pieces of large sized akara pancake
Akara pancake is also called pankara or pan fried akara and is basically a variation of the main akara (beans fritters) food. While akara is round or roundish, akara pancake is as flat as pancakes and is like pancakes, give or take a few ingredients 🙂 Link for the main akara recipe down below.
1. In a bowl, add the beans, add enough water to cover the beans and soak overnight. You don’t have to soak overnight, but soaking overnight makes the process of peeling the skin off the beans easier. If you would rather not soak overnight, soak the beans in hot water for about an hour.
2. After soaking, peel the skin off the beans. You can either do this by pulsing in a blender or rubbing the beans between your hands. If the beans has been sufficiently soaked, the skin should come off immediately.
3. Chop the peppers and onion in preparation for blending. Set aside.
4. Put the peeled beans in a blender, add some water and blend. Unlike the main akara recipe where you have to be super conscious about the water and add as little water as possible, you can be a little generous with the water you add here when blending, but not too much either. Don’t go overboard with it. Blend until the beans is a smooth, lump free paste.
5. After blending the beans, do the same for the peppers and onion. As little water as possible when blending.
6. Combine the blended beans and pepper paste. Mix both thoroughly, add one egg, salt and seasoning cube to taste, a teaspoon of chilli powder, half a teaspoon of curry powder, 2 tablespoons of crayfish (or more if you want) and mix until the ingredients are thoroughly combined and there is enough salt to taste.
7. In a pan, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil or butter, spread it out and heat up. I used butter but you can use oil. This is where akara pancake differs from akara. Akara is deep fried so a lot of oil is used, but for akara pancakes (pankara or pan fried akara), it is pan fried so only a tablespoon or less of oil or butter is required.
8. Once the oil is hot or the butter has melted, on medium to low heat, add the paste to the pan and fry. Once the edges are solid, flip to the other side. You have to be conscious about when to flip. If you flip too soon, the paste will scatter. Keep flipping until the akara pancakes are cooked both on the inside and outside.
9. Repeat until the paste is exhausted.
You can either serve with pepper sauce and/or pap, custard, oatmeal.
You can substitute African honey beans with black-eyed peas and if you don't like the taste of crayfish, you can substitute with ground smoked shrimps. If you don't care for either, you can skip entirely but it gives the food some flavour.
Check out the main Akara Recipe in the link down below.