Akara and Pap is golden to some of us in this part of the world, it is normally great as a breakfast meal. Amongst Nigerian and Ghanaian families it is like a way to start the weekend.
You do not need to break the bank to get your ingredients, below are the ingredients and directions
1 cup of Beans 1 bottle of vegetable oil Pepper
Onions Uncooked: Soak the beans in water for 30 minutes to soften eat and remove any debris. Wash out the skin after 30 minutes in water and then grind it in a mortar or grinder together with pepper and onions. After grinding, add some salt to taste. The Akara (Bean Cake) Put the frying pan with vegetable oil on fire and heat it.
Using a big spoon, take scoops of the grounded beans and place them in the frying oil. Keep adding more scoops, as space would allow you.
Now add some sliced pepper and onions and allow it to fry the bean cake/akara until it is golden brown. Remove it with a sieve and place in a basin or paper cup to soak away excess oil.
To prepare the Pap often called Akamu boil some water in a pot or kettle until it is really steamed.
While it is boiling, break down the solid pap(if it has not been grinded) in a large bowl. You can use a little water to soften it while you break it down with a spoon or small pestle. Keep on turning it until it forms a good paste without any lumps. Now take the water which must have reached over 100 C and pour in gently into the pap containing bowl, stir and allow to cook the pap for a moment.
You can keep turning the pap until it has been thoroughly cooked in the bowl and well mixed. You can then add sugar. You can now serve your Akamu and Akara (Pap and Bean cake)