We are starting the 3rd Week of BM#50 and I will be doing the theme "Pick one Category, do 3 or Do one from each category". Under this I had listed out three different pages from wiki and decided to do it myself too. When I was going through the list, I decided I would opt to do one from each category. I had great time reading through the different dishes listed out and striking out those that I can't make it myself.
The idea was to push and do new things and not to settle down with something already known to me. Infact I was looking more towards non Indian stuff than anything Indian. However when that's the case, it so happens that most end up being non veg based. Having decided to do one from each, the task become much easier to narrow down.
For today I will be doing from the List of Snack Foods
. After going back and forth, I decided on the first one. Akara is a snack dish, or rather from what I read, is also more of a breakfast dish in Nigeria. If I am to be offered this for my breakfast, trust me, I would never skip my breakfast ever! I have always enjoyed the Mirapakaya Bajji
when I visit my SIL and totally love fried fritters anytime!
I am not sure how closely this is related to our Indian cuisine, in
particular to Andhra cuisine. For one, Akara is deep fried fritter or
vada as we can call, from black eyed bean. Alasanda
as we call in Telugu, is very common in our cuisine. The famous Alasanda Vada
is made with this ground bean with green chilies and onions.
Coming back to this snack, I remember Suma
making this and I researched further on this to see how it is made
Deciding that the weekend would be the best bet to make it, I ensure I
had the dried beans in my pantry. After soaking it overnight, I got on
to the task of rubbing off the outer skin. On seeing me do that, Athamma
came to ask what I was up to. Can you believe my shock when she told me
that her mom used to do the same when they were kids? She went to on
say that she stopped doing it as it seem too much of a hassle, rubbing
those skin off.
It was always done that way, rubbing the soaked
bean to remove the outer skin, later grinding it to a very smooth batter
along with onions and chillies. Imagine that we have moved forward from
that method and this one is still cherished in some parts of the world!
The recipe called for ripe chilies and I was happy knowing that Amma
had saved some, knowing I might always tend to make some dish with the
I have a small
pestle and mortar, which I used to peel off the
skin, however used my mixer to grind it with onions. It turns out to be
spongy and pillow in middle and crispy on top. Athamma was so happy
remembering her childhood days through this dish.
All in all this dish was well received and yes we totally Indianian it by serving it with Murunga Sambar
. How is that!
This delicious deep fried snack is also called as the Nigerian Bean Cake.