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Sierra Leone akaras
Banana Akaras
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Banana akaras are traditional banana fritters from Sierra Leone. They are great snacks for both kids and adults!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: African, Sierra Leonean, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
  • 4 bananas (ripe)
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean , split and scraped or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup hot water
  • Vegetable oil (for deep-frying)
  • Icing sugar (for garnish)
  1. In a mixer bowl, mash the bananas, vanilla and sugar until reaching a smooth consistency.
  2. Gradually add the rice flour and then hot water while mixing in the food processor bowl. The mixture should be moist but not liquid.
  3. Let cool 20 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a non-stick pan.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the oil. Pay attention to leave enough space between each donut and fry on both sides until browned.
  6. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.