Akara Waffles
Recipe Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: Yoruba
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Serves: 5
Akara has graduated. From a pancake to a Waffle. Healthy Nigerian all the way
  • Peeled Beans
  • Salt
  • Crayfish
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Chopped Onions
  • Chopped Tatashe - red bell pepper
  • Fried Pepper sauce for serving - optional
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I let the engine run at 1 for about 5 minutes till I could see air pockets in the batter
  4. Stir in the crayfish and season with salt
  5. Heat up the waffle maker. Spray on oil, or you can dip a kitchen paper towel in oil and rub every usable surface
  6. Here was my first one. I thought the bean paste was too watery, so I added some homemade bean flour
  7. Pour into the waffle maker.
  8. Next try, it was rising as it should, like a traditional waffle
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!!!
  12. Akara Waffles readdddddddddy!!!!
Recipe by Dooney's Kitchen at http://dooneyskitchen.com/akara-waffles/