| Akara served with hot |
Akamu (corn starch)
|Clean beans with crayfish, onions and red pepper ready for moi moi and akara|
|Frying Akara Balls|
| Manual grinding of beans for moi moi or akara balls|
INGREDIENTS FOR AKARA BALLS:
Making this meal took more time than usual. I learnt long ago that to enjoy my kitchen in Nigeria, I need both electrical and manual appliances, so, they can never take me unawares. This time, NEPA struck and then generators refused to start all at the same time. The frustration made me unwrap my manual grinder and we set to work. It didn't take as long as I expected though, because the grinding was not repeated. This quantity of beans was used for moi moi, the excess preserved in the fridge and used the next morning for making akara. Using a blender makes cooking time very short and more fun.
STEPS FOR MAKING AKARA BALLS:
Best enjoyed with Akamu. To make akamu, mix the starch with a little cold water before gradually pouring in boiling water until the mixture thickens.
I like Akara and akamu in the morning as breakfast. It digests easily and fast too. Home made with no artificial colors or spices. I enjoy it without crayfish though!