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Akara aka Banana Fritters - Sierra Leone Flavours

Super easy akara (banana fritters recipe).
Course Breakfast
Cuisine African
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 191kcal


  • 4 medium overripe bananas
  • 160 g (5.6oz) rice flour
  • 1 heaped tsp baking powder
  • 1/2-1 tsp grated nutmeg
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2-4 tbsp water
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Peel the bananas, add them to a blender and whizz until pureed.
  • Transfer the pureed banana to a bowl and mix in all the ingredients plus 2 tbsp of water.
  • The batter should have a drop-like consistency but if not then mix in the other 2 tbsp of water.
  • Heat the oil over medium a medium flame and drop tablespoons full of the batter into the oil.
  • Cook the akara for 1min then turn round and cook on the other side for another min until golden brown.
  • Remove the akara and drain them on paper kitchen towels.
  • Continue until all the batter is done.
  • Serve with some gravy or sweet chilli sauce.


Make sure to use medium flame as the akara will burn on high heat. Do gently squeeze the akara between kitchen towels to remove any excess oil before serving. This makes up to 20 akara.


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.3mg