Accra beans is a very easy, delicious and crunchy deep-fried fritter made from black-eyed peas. It is a common street snack in Cameroon, at least the Cameroon I know. Erroneously, I thought it was a snack enjoyed only in Cameroon, it was a pleasant surprise to know it is more of a West African snack. In Nigeria, it is called akara or fried bean cake which is normally eaten with bread, ogi or garri. I must say I am amazed at how Nigeria and English- Cameroon are similar in food cultures. This fritter is also enjoyed in Sierra Leone, known as binch akara in Krio.  In Ghana, accra beans go by Koose. So you see it is widely consumed across West Africa.

Accra beans

So how do you get it done?

The procedure outlined here is quite similar to the method of preparing koki beans. They part ways at some point, though.

I will show you how to get it done

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ACCRA BEANS RECIPE: DEEP-FRIED BEAN FRITTERS BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Deep-fried bean cake made from black-eyed peas.
Course Snacks
Cuisine African
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Snacks
Cuisine African
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak beans in hot water for 40-50 mins
  2. Rub the beans vigorously between your hands to take off the skin, pour in a large bowl of water and make sure the peeled skin floats over the beans
  3. Drain out the skin into a colander. This is what is commonly referred to as 'washing the beans'. Repeat this process until all the skin comes off
  4. Blend the washed beans together with onion and pepper to get a fine paste. Do so in batches for easy blending. Add 1/2 cup of water to ease the blending!
  5. Pour the blended paste into a bowl, add in salt, and some seasoning.
  6. Whisk the paste to incorporate air into the mixture that should be about 5mins
  7. Scoop out spoonfuls and fry in hot oil till it turns golden brown
  8. Remove, drain in paper towels
  9. Enjoy
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