Akara and Akamu | #BackToTheVillage

When in Rome do as the Romans do. When in Nigeria, eat Akara and Akamu (pap)! 

There was nothing better than getting up in the morning to freshly made Akara and perfectly sugared pap! Growing up in America, I rarely came across this meal as a kid. I would spend my high school days longing to dip my Akara in my extra sweet Pap. A dream that I thought required a trip back home, a trip that I never thought I could afford to take. This delicacy seemed to be a meal that I only enjoyed in Nigeria, that was until I saw it at a local African food store here in Houston last year, Southwest Farmers market to be exact.

In a blink of an eye, I was once again introduced to a meal that I used to eat effortlessly. And knowing me and how picky of a eater I am, this was a big deal! I quickly ran to the contraption thst was keeping it warm and collected every set of two that I saw in there. Along with some pieces of meat pie of course. 

This bean based dish might not look like much but it’s as authentic as it gets. Each bite took me to a time where things were simple. A time where Nigeria was home and America was never thought of. If you haven’t tried it before, I encourage you to find your way to your local African farmers market or Nigerian restaurant asap! You don’t want to miss out on what real Nigerian culture tastes like.

However, if you’re not blessed with the opportunity to go and purchase it, why not make it yourself? This easy to make meal is fool-proof. Whether you want it spicy or mild, with onions or without, everything is up to you. For more information on how to make this yummy meal, feel free to click on the link below!

Akara and Akamu Recipe