Accra banana aka banana fritters aka koutti, aka banana akara, aka banana puff puff.
This is one of my go to snacks whenever I succeed to buy bananas and I end up not using them for my hair mask, or as a facial. When the banana is over ripe, I just end up making this mouthwatering snack and I am good to go. These days, no one really likes deep frying dough. A lot of people term this unhealthy. I am kind of addicted to flour or wheat so, I tend to eat this snack so that I will convince myself that I have eaten a fruit which in this case is banana. Lol.
This is a must try recipe during quarantine. If you have over ripe bananas, instead of tossing them away, try this accra banana, and you will thank me later.
Accra banana is something that was a delicacy for me back in the days. Traditionally, this accra banana is made with cassava. The cassava is grated, strained, and the flour used. The flour is mixed with the banana and deep fried.
I thank my aunty Mommy Jane. Each time she did this, I will sit and be watching because I was so young to grate any cassava. When she finished mixing and squeezing the water out of the grated cassava, I will be ready to form them into balls. There is always the part called ‘tasting’-which involved frying 1-3 balls, and the people who have been involved in the arduous work will taste, and give a go ahead for the rest of the accra mixture to be fried for consumption. If it didn’t pass the ‘tasting exams’, then whatever needed to be added to it will be added.
I just do the same thing with the wheat flour. The good side to this is that, in this recipe, you do not have to spend all your time to grate everything. It takes less than 5 minutes to get this mixture and you are ready to go.
Where did accra banana originated from?
This snack is a staple in most African countries. It is really enjoyed in West African countries, and some parts of East Africa as well. Some countries call it accra banana. Others call it banana akara, and others call it banana fritters. This accra banana is really enjoyed in Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Guinea, even Liberia, and some other parts of Africa. Some people call this ‘kouti’ or ‘koutti’ when it is mixed with grated cassava.
When can banana akaras or accra bananas be eaten?
This snack is a must have for any occasion. This snack is a must have snack during a birthday party, to a baby shower, to weddings, and it is a must have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a snack. This is addictive. Trust me when I say that these banana fritters are. This is really enjoyed when it is hot. You can eat it until your stomach cries foul.
1 cup of wheat flour
1 cup of mashed banana (3 fingers of banana)
4 teaspoons of sugar
½ teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of Baking powder
Oil for deep frying
- Peel and mash your banana by putting it into a bowl, and mashing with a fork, or a masher.
- Add your salt and sugar to the bowl and mix.
- Add your baking powder to the flour, and sieve into the bowl.
- Add vanilla and or nutmeg and stir everything into a homogenous mixture.
- Let it rest for 30-45 minutes.
- Deep fry it in hot oil by scooping the batter, and drop the batter in the oil.
How to form banana fritter balls?
- Use your hands to scoop the batter and drop into the oil.
- Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the batter and fry.
- Use a deep spoon to scoop the batter and fry.
what flour can you put into your banana fritters?
- Rice flour
- Wheat flour like in this recipe
- Grated cassava or yuca
- Corn flour.
Watch how to make accra banana fritters here:
If you tried this recipe, let me know how it went for you.
Until next time,
This is Bella