I had written a draft for this post and went to dig it out. I checked the date and it was Sept 3rd 2014. Yikes. I have wanted to try this for the past three months and the opportunity just didn’t come up. If you read my Christmas Menu (HERE), you would have seen me write “#fitfam Akara with cherry tomatoes, shallots and a flavoured oil drizzle for breakfast”.
This should have been Christmas Breakfast. All red and green and Festive. Aint it a beauty
Funmi’s friend had told anybody who cared to listen that she was eating Waffled Akara for Christmas breakfast. She was telling me with excitement on her face. I was too exhausted from my marathon Christmas Eve cooking, there was no way I would have been up early to try something experimental for breakfast. Again, that didn’t happen. I was beginning to think this experiment was jinxed.
Well, thanks to #fitfam and my need to keep up my protein diet, FINALLY, I get to try this and it wasn’t without its struggles. I would like to say thank you to a reader from the US. You have asked me not to mention your name, even though I would very much like to. She wrote to me and said Dunni, give me your address, I would like to send you something to say thank you. I know most of us just say thank you with words and prayers, but I would like to take it further. I wondered what it could be that she was sending all the way from America, until a package arrived at my door and it was a Waffle Maker. OMG!!!!!! Thanks to you, I didn’t have to go buy ONE MORE kitchen gadget. God Bless you, girl. I remember she said, I hope you do something create with it. The very first time I used this waffle maker, was to make Akara Waffles last night. I have fulfilled your wish.
You can imagine how long I have been researching this, way before September last year. Like the Moin Moinlette (recipe HERE), I didn’t get much help from Google. Seems even with the vegetarians and vegans, Nigerians take the cake with cooking with blended beans. Like the Akara Pancake (recipe HERE), I also wanted to stay true to the traditional Akara recipe.
Unlike Moin Moin which has evolved over time, Akara has basically stayed the same, and so the experiment begun. Oh dear, someone should have warned me. I started begging the gods of the Waffle Iron. Please stop sticking, what am I doing wrong, but my stubborn streak prevailed and I reworked the batter and applied more cooking spray.
I refused to let this waffle maker beat me. No Sireee
After the success of the Moin Moinlette, here’s to everyone who tried it yesterday. Thanks for the tags, the emails, the pictures. You guys totally made my day. Now here’s another beans batter challenge to try. Waffled Akara.
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- Peeled Beans
- Vegetable Oil
- Chopped Onions
- Chopped Tatashe - red bell pepper
- Fried Pepper sauce for serving - optional
- Blend the beans to a smooth puree. You can decide to add the onions and tatashe to the beans before blending. I did that because I did not want burnt bits sticking to the waffle maker.
- The traditional recipe for Akara calls for stirring the bean batter to aerate it. You know I don't have time for that, so hand mixer to the resuce.
- I let the engine run at 1 for about 5 minutes till I could see air pockets in the batter
- Stir in the crayfish and season with salt
- Heat up the waffle maker. Spray on oil, or you can dip a kitchen paper towel in oil and rub every usable surface
- Here was my first one. I thought the bean paste was too watery, so I added some homemade bean flour
- Pour into the waffle maker.
- Next try, it was rising as it should, like a traditional waffle
- Despite facing troubles with sticking to one side, I figured out that closing the waffle maker loosely helped the akara cook a little without sticking to the top. Once it was less wet i.e. half cooked, I shut the lid tightly to allow the top to cook, and it was fine.
- A few warning points, you may likely get bits of the top sticking, see pictures but leave the device to keep running. As it gets hotter, the bits that have stuck become harder, and comes off the waffle maker cleanly. I have to add that I have never made a Waffle in my life before, despite eating it countless times, so if you are an experienced waffle aficionado, any tips you can share will be most welcome.
- Anyways, I succeeded with my method, and my waffles turned out fine. . I found that the bottom bits were browner than the top bits, but it was fine. The best parts were the golden crispy edges. Yums!!!
- Akara Waffles readdddddddddy!!!!
Akara goes chic, Akara goes to America. Vegetarians would love this, without the crayfish of course. So would Vegans. You know who would love this the most? Kids!!!!! I have had a couple Mums tell me their children have been arguing with them about the Moin Moinlette being a Pizza. Well here is another one to try at home. Create a lasting food memory. You will have them telling all their friends how their Mum made waffles with Akara.
2015 is starting out to be a good year. Thanks to #fitfam, I get to try out all these my ideas. You are going to notice a theme with beans this week. Easing my body of the carbs for now. Protein rules the roost.
You can also make this in a Sandwich Toaster, if you don’t have a waffle maker Click HERE
This is a testimonial picture from Adesuwa who tried this to much success. She said it didn’t stick at all, and I can see why. Her akara batter was quite thick. I hope this helps
End result, I will be willing to bet with anyone who would not believe that this was made from beans and not traditional waffle batter
Lily even took this further by baking in a silicone waffle mold. How clever is that