Akara fried black eyed peas African recipe is popular street food in Nigeria. Nigeria is not only the cellular phone capital of Africa but also famous for rich, delicious Akara recipes.
Easy-to-Follow Akara Fried Black Eyed Peas African Recipe
1 15 ounce can black eyed peas with all liquid drained (press down on peas)
1 tablespoon self-rising flour
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Oil for frying
In large bowl add all ingredients and with clean hands squeeze the mixture until smooth. Form into small balls, roll in flour and fry until brown about 2 minutes.
Ten Akara Black-eyed peas facts
1. Cowpea is an important staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in arid Savannahs of West Africa and the Sahel.
2. Cowpeas are a valuable source of vegetable protein, vitamins as well as valuable income.
3. Western and Central Africa is the leading cowpea producing regions in the world producing around 64 percent of the estimated 3 million tons of cowpea seed produced each year.
4. Nigeria is the world’s leading cowpea producing country; Senegal, Niger, Ghana, Mali, Cameroon and Burkina Faso are significant also significant producers.
5. Niébé is a variety of cowpea grown by many women small farmers, throughout West Africa.
6. Black-eyed peas get their name from their characteristic appearance of a black dot in the middle of a cream colored bean.
7. The black-eyed pea is believed to have been introduced to the United States through the African slave trade.
8. Black-eyed peas are said to bring good luck when eaten on New Year's Day in the Southern US.
9. The peas represent good luck, and are served with collard greens that represent money.
10. Black-eyed peas are full potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron.