Binch Akara (Bean Balls)

binch akaraThis African dish is a kid-friendly way to include protein in your next meal.

1 pound black-eyed peas

2 teaspoons salt

Dash of pepper

1 small onion, very finely chopped

2 cups vegetable oil

Put dry beans in a blender with one cup of water. Chop for one minute. Pour into a large bowl, and add water. Stir until skins float. Strain using a colander. Blend beans, onion, and pepper. Pour in a bowl, add salt, and stir with a wooden spoon for two minutes.

Heat oil in a frying pan. Gently place spoonfuls of the mixture into the oil. Fry until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper. Bean balls can be served with wooden picks.