Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Akkras - Africa

1 1/4 cups dried black-eyed beans
1 onion, chopped
1 red chili, halved, with seeds removed (optional)
2/3 cup water
oil, for deep frying

1. Soak the black-eyed beans in plenty of cold water for 6-8 hours or overnight. Drain. Liquidize in a food processor or blender (you may have to add some water).
2. Add the onion, chili, if using, and extra water to the liquidized beans. Blend to make a thick paste. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and whisk for a few minutes.
3. Heat the oil in a large heavy saucepan and fry spoonfuls of the mixture for 4 minutes until golden brown.

Stars: 5
Thoughts: These little things were a lot better than I imagined. The pre-cooked paste tasted terrible, but the finished product was great. Think of french fries, African style. Instead of using water, I added chicken broth to add some more flavor.
Date made: 2/23/2011

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