Akara and Pap – Day 7: 12 DAYS OF NIGERIAN CHRISTMAS

Akara and Pap – Day 7: 12 DAYS OF NIGERIAN CHRISTMAS

On the seventh day of Nigerian Christmas my true love sent to me: a nice bowl of pap and fresh akara (also known as bean cake)! This is a standard Saturday/Sunday morning breakfast for many of us who grew up in Nigeria. Although I made the white pap here, at home we primarily ate brown pap. Don’t quote me on this, but I think one’s tribe in Nigeria largely motivates which pap you eat. For example, most of my Yoruba friends eat the brown pap, while a lot of Igbo friends eat the white one. I think the same applies to eating white eba (garri) vs yellow eba. What do you think?

P.S. Akara tastes great dipped in a little Shito sauce. And this akara recipe is pretty simple to follow once you get past peeling the beans.

Pap and Akara Recipe
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
20 min
For the Pap
  1. 1 cooking spoon pap
  2. 1/4 cup cold water
  3. 2 cups boiling water
For the Akara
  1. 2 cups beans
  2. Water
  3. 1/2 small onion
  4. 2 habanero peppers
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 bouillon cube
  7. 2 tablespoons ground crayfish
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Vegetable oil for frying
For the Pap
  1. In a pot, mix the pap with cold water.
  2. Over medium-high heat, add hot water and stir continuously until the pap thickens.
  3. Take off heat immediately the pap starts to bubble
For the Akara
  1. Soak beans in water for 5 minutes and peel the beans (I will put a video up soon on how to peel beans)
  2. In a food processor, blend the beans, egg, bouillon cube, crayfish together till they form a smooth paste then transfer to a bowl. Use very a water to make blending easier
  3. Finely chop onions and peppers and combine with bean paste
  4. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Using a tablespoon to form small circles of akara, spoon the paste into the pan (make sure they aren't too close together)
  5. Fry on both sides till they are golden brown
  6. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen towel. Taste for salt and adjust for next batch
  1. Prep time varies, if you're able to peel the beans in record time or buy pre-peeled beans, then prep time will be only 20 minutes tops!
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  1. Handful
    July 7, 2015 / 5:04 PM

    You do not state what kind of beans to use. And I am not clear about what you mean by peeling. Are these fresh beans? And a spoonful of pap? Sorry, this is a totally new dish to me. I’d love to try it.

    January 11, 2019 / 9:12 AM

    What is pap made off? Like what is it?

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