Crispy Akara Chips: A Delicious Nigerian Snack

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Craving a crispy, protein-packed snack? Look no further than Akara Chips, a delightful Nigerian treat made from mashed beans! These little bites are not only flavorful but also boast a good amount of protein and fiber. They’re perfect for satisfying afternoon hunger pangs or sharing with friends and family.

Ingredients:

Akara Chips/ Step By Step Tutorial/Beginners Friendly
Akara Chips/ Step By Step Tutorial/Beginners Friendly

1 cup dried black-eyed peas (beans)

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 habanero pepper (optional, adjust for spice preference)
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper (optional, adjust for spice preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground crayfish (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

  • Instructions:

    1. Soak the beans: Rinse the black-eyed peas thoroughly. Place them in a large bowl and cover them with at least 3 inches of water. Soak for at least 8 hours, or overnight, for best results.
    2. Drain and grind: Drain the soaked beans and rinse them again. Add them to a food processor or blender along with the chopped onion, habanero pepper (if using), scotch bonnet pepper (if using), ground crayfish (if using), salt, and black pepper. Blend until you get a smooth paste. You may need to add a little water if the mixture is too thick.
    3. Heat the oil: Pour enough vegetable oil into a large pot or deep fryer to fill it about 1-2 inches deep. Heat the oil over medium heat until it reaches 350°F (175°C). You can test the temperature by dropping a small piece of batter into the oil. If it sizzles and floats to the surface, the oil is hot enough.
    4. Fry the chips: Once the oil is hot, use a spoon to scoop small dollops of the bean paste and carefully drop them into the hot oil. Don’t overcrowd the pan, fry the chips in batches to avoid lowering the oil temperature. Fry for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.
    5. Drain and cool: Remove the chips from the oil using a slotted spoon and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. Let them cool completely before storing or serving.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, approximately 10 chips):

    Calories: 150

  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 150mg (depending on added salt)
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 5g

  • Tips:

    For a milder flavor, remove the seeds and veins from the peppers before adding them.

  • You can adjust the amount of spices to your preference.
  • Leftover Akara Chips can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

  • Conclusion

    Akara Chips are a fantastic way to enjoy the taste and benefits of black-eyed peas in a fun and convenient form. They’re easy to make at home and require minimal ingredients. So next time you’re looking for a healthy and satisfying snack, give Akara Chips a try!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use canned black-eyed peas instead of dried ones?

    Yes, you can use canned black-eyed peas for convenience. Rinse them thoroughly before using and adjust the amount of water in the recipe accordingly, as canned beans tend to have more moisture.

    2. What can I substitute for the scotch bonnet pepper?

    If you don’t have scotch bonnet peppers, you can use another chili pepper of your choice, such as jalapeno or serrano pepper. Be sure to adjust the amount based on the pepper’s heat level.

    3. What if I don’t have a food processor or blender?

    You can mash the cooked black-eyed peas by hand using a mortar and pestle or a potato masher. However, the texture of the chips may not be as smooth.

    4. Can I bake Akara Chips instead of frying them?

    Yes, you can bake Akara Chips for a healthier option. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread tablespoons of the batter onto the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.

    5. What are some dipping sauces that go well with Akara Chips?