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Binch Akara (Deep Fried Bean Fritters) - Sierra Leonean Recipe

Hello and welcome to The Cooking Wardrobe.  Today in cooking, I am doing a Sierra Leonean snack known in krio as Binch Akara.  It is very easy to prepare, the only annoying part is washing the beans.  In Sierra Leone, food vendors sell it on street corners with onion gravy and bread roll.  I remember buying this a lot in high school because it wasn't made often at home.  
1 cup black eye beans, 1/4 brown onion, 1/2 tsp each of vegetable stock powder, cayenne and salt and vegetable oil for frying
First soak the beans with water for 20 minutes, then pulse in food processor as shown in stages 1, 2 and 3 above
Then wash beans to remove all of the skin
Washed beans would look like this
Now blend with onions and 1/4 cup water
Pour into a bowl, add cayenne, stock powder and salt 
Whisk till its light and fluffy (takes about 6-10 minutes)
Fry in hot oil till golden brown
Drain on paper towel
Serve hot! Enjoy!


  1. I saw it on IG and all I thought was Koose, which is a delicacy also in Ghana. I don't know how it is made, so I can't tell if its this right here. - Only tasting it will give it out. lol! Might have to try this recipe and see if it is. I still have our restaurant in mind Mami. :-) Yummy - thanks for sharing this hun.


  2. ohhhhh! I like the look of these! Thanks for sharing! x

  3. I have to try, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Gorgeous and so good to know other places foods.

  4. Those look so delicious. I love black eyed beans but I have never made anything where I mashed them up. I have also never deep fried anything because I have a silly notion that it is so wasteful to use that much oil. I must get over that. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. You can strain the oil and keep it in an airtight container for another round or two of frying. You'll want a separate sieve that is only for this purpose!

  5. I am going to give this a try, thanks for sharing.

  6. My daughter is a vegetarian. She would love this! Debbie @ ilovemylemonadelife.com

  7. Omg This looks amazing! I loveee beans also! I think I will have to try this recipe for sure!



  8. Could you please post a recipe for Sierra Leonean gravy? The kind you would eat these akaras with!


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