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If eating nutritious proteinous snacks is something you are into, then these fried bean cake (akara) snacks are a nice option for you. Peradventure you want to know, there's almost nothing better than a delicious, homemade fried bean cake to munch on for breakfast or brunch. The good news is that this recipe only requires a few ingredients to help it radiate. Begin with one or more cups of beans, peel the beans, soak the beans a while in water to soften, blend the beans together with onions, pepper and a wee bit of water, add salt to your satisfaction, mix the beans paste properly and fry small balls each of the beans paste into some colourful, flavourful and palatable akara snacks.
Serve the fried bean cake with bread, pap or custard and you are set for breakfast or brunch. I must confess that fried bean cake (akara) is one of my mum's favourite snacks. You will surely appear on the list of her best friends the moment you offer her some delicious akara. Akara is such a lovely, tasty and healthy snack, which you can easily make from the comfort of your kitchen. Unfortunately, most people are so reluctant to make these yummilicious snacks, simply because they find it tedious peeling the beans and washing the beans thoroughly.
Well, let me quickly share some quick tips with you - to easily peel the beans, soak beans in water for at least 15 minutes before attempting to peel the skins. If you have a mortar with rough edges, pour the soaked beans into the mortar and gently use the pestle to peel off the beans' skins. Watch the video recipe to see how this method has been illustrated. Alternatively, you can use a blender and pulse the beans at short intervals - that way, the skins will separate from the beans. Well, whichever method that works for you, go for it. Most importantly, the aim is to peel the beans in preparation for frying up some delicious akara snacks.
Making the akara turned out to be a lot more fun for me and I really do not consider any of the activities leading to the finished akara to be that much work. The bean paste came together quickly and the colourful and tasteful fried bean cakes (akara) fried up in less time. I heated up the oil while I was mixing the beans paste. Scooping all the little balls of beans paste into the hot oil did not take much time and the outcome was just amazing. Personally, making the akara was pretty easy and quick, and peeling the beans wasn't tedious at all. This is definitely a recipe you can make when there is a full house. You can share the tasks with others. While someone peels the beans, another person blends the beans and the other person fries the akara. There is no doubt that there will be a lot of fun fixing up this recipe while chatting and laughing with your family members or friends.
Honestly, the finished project came out so well that even the aroma filled the entire house. This is one recipe I can never grow tired or old of making. Irrespective of what it may be, I would definitely keep making and enjoying my akara. If you haven't tried this recipe before, you are indeed missing out big time. I indulge you to give this recipe a try and you will come back to thank me specially. These snacks are so handy that you can grab one small ball and throw into your mouth. Munch, munch, munch - a yummy delight for everyone.
A word of caution though - do not add excess water while blending the beans. Of course, you want the akara balls to form nicely. If you allow the beans paste to be watery, then the akara shape won't come out so well.
- 1 onion
- Salt to taste
- Oil for frying
- 1½ cups brown beans
- 2 Thai chilli peppers
- 400ml water (For blending the beans)
- Add the beans in a bowl.
- Add water, peel the beans' skins and wash the beans thoroughly.
- Soak the beans in water for 20 minutes.
- Peel, wash and cut the onions.
- Slice one of the peppers and set aside.
- Add water in a blender, add the peeled beans, onions and one of the red peppers.
- Blend properly until smooth.
- Pour the blended beans in a clean bowl, use a little water to rinse the blender and pour into the bowl too.
- Add salt to taste as well as the sliced red pepper.
- Use a hand mixer to mix the beans paste very well.
- Heat up the frying oil in a frying pan.
- Use a deep spoon to scoop small portions of the beans paste into the hot oil.
- Turn the bean cake intermittently and fry until golden brown.
- Scoop out the bean cake (akara) from the oil into a sieve to drain excess oil.
- Enjoy the akara with either bread, pap or custard.
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