The making of akara by @lagoshousewife
👉 this is akara 101 for beginners 😁
that is why i made it as basic as possible.
let me give you the major bullet points:
1 - you can use any type of beans, but white beans will always give you fluffier beans. i have tested orisirisi beans with akara. white beans is the clear winner.
2 - after peeling (or if you choose not to peel) soak the beans for about 4hrs to soften and swell. see how it's soft enough for me to cut with my fingers. that's what you want. i usually leave overnight.
but to have beans readily available - peel in bulk, wash and freeze in portions. when you want to use, bring out and pour water on it. by the time it defrosts, it will be soft enough.
again, white beans softens and swells better.
3 - you can blend with your choice of peppers. add your garlic or ginger if you want. you are very free.
but please, only tiny water. it must be thick and smooth. not watery.
you need a strong blender for this.
4 - the most important aspect of fluffy akara is the whisking. you can use orogun (turning stick), hand whisk or mixer. just try to whisk it as much as you can.
growing up, that was another of my duties, using orogun. my arms suffered ehn.
5 - until you are perfect, minimise the use of spices and seasonings. the more you add, the more watery the beans batter will be, the more your akara will soak oil, the flatter it will be.
6 - akara is deep frying! that means lots of oil. if you are on fitfam, do akara pancake or akara waffles or akara toast. but for this akara, you need the oil!
7 - drop in onions into your oil to test the hotness. if the onions doesn't start frying immediately (with tiny bubbles around it), it's not hot enough. if it sizzles too loudly and starts burning almost immediately, it's too hot.
practice makes perfect.
8 - drop the beans batter close to the oil. don't let it splash inside. apart from burning you, it can deflate the akara.
when you drop it, it should float to the top immediately.
9 - fry the akara on medium heat. too low, it will soak oil. too high, it will burn outside before getting done inside.
you can be adjusting your fire while frying
toh! anything else?