Nigerian Akara Recipe (Acaraje)

Akara -Nigerian - 9jafoodie - Recipe -Akara is one of the most popular breakfast staples in Nigeria, it’s made with a combination of bean paste, fresh onions and salt. Akara is also a great street food as sellers can be found frying them at different hours of the day. It is popularly served with ogi (pap) or with fried yam.


  • 1 cup peeled beans
  • 1 raw chilli pepper (Ata rodo) – chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • 1/2 of a medium onion – chopped
  • oil for frying



  1. Combine the beans with 1/4 cup water in a blender.
  2. Puree the mixture to a smooth paste
  3. Pour the pureed beans into a bowl and add in the salt, chopped pepper and onions.
  4. Mix for 5 minutes with a whisk or mixer. This is to incorporate air into the batter.
  5. Set a deep pan on medium heat, add in some oil.
  6. When the oil is hot, scoop 1/2 cooking spoon of batter into oil. You do not want to spread out the batter in the oil, you want to pour batter directly on itself (the way you would pour water into a narrow bottle).
  7. Fry on each side until golden brown .
  8. Lift the akara balls out with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper towels.
  9. Repeat the process until everything is fried
  10. Serve with bread, garri, ogi(pap) or fried yam. Enjoy!!

Note: The shape of the akara is affected by two factors: thickness of the pureed beans and your method of frying. Shallow frying  or watery batter will result in flat akara.

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  2. Dee July 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply


    have you tried to make akara with other types of beans? tried haricot and kala chana (type of chickpea) and was a FAIL!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      I have tried lentils and chickpeas. the texture is different but it works if you whip enough air into it before frying.

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  4. Marian Assin November 10, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    I like to read up on your cool recipes ( I never comment though) and I just tried your akara recipe and it was purrrrfect….and to think it’s been here for a while. Thanks a bunch for sharing.

  5. Tracy March 7, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply come i just found out about your blog, its amazing and i cant wait to try akara and moi moi out, infact i have soaked my beans already, would let u know how it turned out. keep up the amazing work Ronke, cheers

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  7. Tonia August 4, 2015 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I usually add ground crayfish to my akara mix before frying. Looks sumptuous! I am salivating. I know this sounds ridiculous but I wonder if it is possible to make Akara using oven. Trying to change diet and still have my meals as usual

  8. Feyisara Bello June 25, 2015 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Do you have recipe for soya milk?

  9. Chy February 11, 2015 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Is it like one egg to a cup of beans?

  10. didi January 31, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    And how many balls does 1 cup make roughly?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 31, 2015 at 5:11 pm - Reply

      Depends on how big you make them, it can make up to 10 small pieces.

  11. didi January 31, 2015 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Um where does it say add egg to the recipe? Am I missing something?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 31, 2015 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      we removed eggs from this recipe to make it more traditional. you can add in eggs when you add in peppers.

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  14. joy November 19, 2014 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Do you boil the beans first?

  15. Liz Eleko November 15, 2014 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Haven’t had akara in a while…i’m getting excited! Now off to the kitchen:)

  16. Teemato September 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    My mum made me make akara for my dad at home, she claimed my hand kept it intact. lol. We don’t add egg, however we bend not adding anything , mix to a sighty thick consistency, the add shreded ata rodo and onion, and fry in deep fat oil, other wise it woud be flat. Your recipees are quite good and correct for yoruba cooking, My ony problem is peeling the beans and bending. My blender is always exhausted by the time I finish. Thanks for the tips, very good.

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  19. Havilah Enelamah July 3, 2014 at 8:00 am - Reply

    About to make akara right now!

  20. Ife June 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    I love what you are doing please keep it up….plus I’m learning a lot here…

  21. janet February 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    I just found out abt this web,and honestly i am impress.thank you so much i have really learnt some things.i was already getting tired of doing same thing over nd over again,cooking was becoming a burden.thank you.please can you guyz help with kiddies.i need to know what to pack for my toddlers launch box.

  22. Tiwalade December 21, 2013 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Lovely!!!! Made it dis morn nd it was fabulous

  23. jay September 22, 2013 at 10:22 am - Reply

    how do you blend without water though?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Start with small quantity and add more as you go….

  24. Ehi September 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I tried this recipe today and it came out fab! Couldn’t wait to make custard as I had my fill while still frying it. Lol

  25. Anonymous September 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Comment…this is good, i have never heard of using eggs in akara but i’ll try it. Thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 14, 2013 at 11:00 am - Reply

      yes oh…. 21st recipe secret. try it and let us know

  26. vicky August 28, 2013 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Wow I really love all ur recipes, I just found out about dis website and I must confess its amazing. Thank u for doing dis and keep it up

  27. esty January 29, 2013 at 3:43 am - Reply

    great! never knew of making akara wit egg n shrimp, wonders hw it tastes,maybe i do give it a trial

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  30. Deep Soul January 19, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply

    I tired to make Akara some days ago and now I think I can see where I got it all wrong.

    Peeling the beans was too much work for me so i just peeled half and left the rest like that 😀

    I blended the beans and pepper separately and I added water when blending the beans. Sigh.

    I put it in the pan and I honestly cannot describe how it turned out!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      LOL… @ only peeling half the beans. It can be very tasking I am sure (check out the post on how to peel and store beans in the ingredient glossary). From everything you said, the consistency of the puree was probably watery, which will scatter and spread in oil.
      You should adjust your methodology and try again. Happy cooking!!!

  31. Atoskin January 16, 2012 at 3:14 am - Reply

    I never knew that egg was among the recipes oh.

    I don’t like custard too, it has to be with ogi, garri or bread.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Hahahaha… I find It odd that some people didn’t use eggs. I have to make egg free akara like tomorrow.

  32. Beautiful January 14, 2012 at 6:29 am - Reply

    For those of us in parts of the UK where we can’t get beans nko? I have bean flour though, how do I incorporate that in the description without adding water like you said?
    Aside: I never knew egg was incorporated in akara when being made back home in nig :S

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 14, 2012 at 8:11 am - Reply

      No Beans?? for real? I usually use black eyed beans and most grocery stores around here carry it.
      I have never used beans powder, but I will assume you have to add water in order to puree it. We used egg in my house, I have heard people say they never used egg though. I will try making it without eggs next time 🙂

      • FT July 14, 2016 at 8:09 am - Reply

        I asked my mum about using egg when I saw your recipe for moin moin. She said if I feel the paste is watery, it would be good to add egg to help hold it together. If not, it’s optional. I usually put egg to be safe 🙂

    • Abby December 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      I will not recommend using the bean powder for akara, I tried it and it was very dry. I think the bean powder is fine for moimoi but Akara needs the proper beans.

    • Evergreen April 8, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

      I’m in the UK as well and I bought beans… You can get our naija beans either at a Nigeria shop or Pakistan shop

  33. Fredilia January 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Looks yummy, and with pap and lots of milk….my mouth’s watery!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 14, 2012 at 8:05 am - Reply

      Yes!! you are definitely speaking my language. lol

  34. Ibifiri kamson January 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    I don’t like custard, Ogi, Garri etc but would try the akara.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      How come? ever tried ogi with peak milk? yeiii… do try the recipe 🙂

      • Favour December 23, 2015 at 8:07 am - Reply

        ahh…its all about the milk oo.

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