Taste the World - Benin - Akkra Funfun

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*Official name: Republic of Benin *Motto: "Fraternity, Justice, Labour" *Capital: Porto-Novo *Official Languages: French *Government: Presidential Republic *Area: 44,310 sq mi  *Population: (2015 estimate) 10,879,829 *Currency: Western African CFA franc (XOF) *Time Zone: WAT *Drives on the: right *International code: BJ (data from Wikipedia)

For Benin, I made Akkra Funfun. Small white bean fritters, these make a great vegetarian side dish and substitute for chicken nuggets. You can spice them up to taste with cayenne pepper, and dip them in your favorite dipping sauce. A great snack or side dish.

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Akkra Funfun

White Bean Fritters (Vegetarian Chicken Nuggets)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 small onion, finely minced
  • one standard (200g) can of white beans, or half a cup of beans soaked overnight
  • one large egg
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • salt to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • oil for frying

METHOD:

  1. Blend the beans, cayenne pepper and salt together until they form a smooth, firm paste.
  2. Add the minced onion, egg and flour to the bean paste and stir to mix well.
  3. Add enough oil to a saucepan or wok to reach one or two centimetres up the side, and heat until hot enough to sizzle when a little batter is dropped in.
  4. Drop tablespoons of the mixture into the hot oil and fry in batches on both sides until golden.  Drain cooked fritters on a paper towel.
  5. Sprinkle with extra cayenne pepper and serve hot.
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