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Akara (African)

Recipe from the Food Network. States that this is a traditional Nigerian dinner. You have to plan ahead (to soak the beans), but otherwise it comes together quite quickly. And it's vegetarian to boot!

SERVES 4 -6

  • 1/2 lb dried black-eyed peas
  • 2 small onions
  • 1 red pepper
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • olive oil
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

Soak peas overnight in lots of water. Drain. Peel the outside skin from the peas.

In a processor, pulse the 1 onion and red pepper to coarsely chop. Add soaked peas and puree to a paste. Transfer to a bowl and using a whisk, whisk the mixture adding salt, white pepper and just a little soaking liquid -- not too much as the mixture needs to retain its shape for frying.

Using an ice cream scoop, form into balls about the size of a ping-pong ball. Drop into a pot of hot olive oil, heated to 360 degrees F. Fry until golden brown. Remove to paper towel-lined plate. Season again with salt and pepper.

Make a quick dipping sauce by pulsing 2 seeded tomatoes, 1 onion, 1 green pepper and some parsley in food processor. Add olive oil and season with salt and pepper. It should be a little chunky, but smooth enough to stick to the fried akara.