- Akara is a popular food in Nigeria and is made of beans, but this is not the case in Brazil
- In the latter country, akara has some spiritual attachments as it is used as sacrifice for the gods
- It is learnt that the food was exported to Brazil and the Americas by West African slaves taken to the countries
You may not know that while akara (the one called bean cake) is a popular snack in Nigeria, it is used as a sacrifice for the gods in Brazil, a report has shown.
In Nigeria, akara, made with beans, is eaten with bread, garri (made with cassava) or pap (made with corn).
It also comes with different names in the various parts of Nigeria. While it is called akara in Yoruba land, it is known as kosai in Hausa language.
Face2Face reports that the food is also eaten in different African countries including Ghana.
However, in Brazil where it is called acarajé, it is spiritual food for the gods and better served at religious functions.
History shows that this food was exported to Brazil and the Americas by those from West Africa who were taken as slaves.
The report adds, however, that rather than beans as used in Nigeria and other African countries, in Brazil, it is made with "cooked and mashed black-eyed peas seasoned with salt and chopped onions molded into the shape of a large scone and deep-fried in palm oil."
Just like in western Nigeria, Sierra Leone also eat akara and serve at functions like naming, wedding and funeral ceremonies.
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