I tried this recipe as written and ended up with sand-sized crumbles of ingredients floating in brown oil. Had to start all over again. Here are suggestions to avoid my misery:
1. If using 1/2 lb of black-eyed peas and a small food processor, you will need to add them in four or so batches of about 1 1/2 cup at a time, add water, process, and transfer to a STRAINER to let water out.
2. After staining, place in bowl, add flour to the mix; blend.
3. After making small balls, roll in flour to firm up before putting in oil!
My 2nd batch turned out pretty good. Good luck.
This is a really a great recipe. I've made akara for years after having had my first one in Nigeria at a New Years eve party. They are great for snacks, appetizers or a substitute for a fattening doughnut. Try adding ground dried shrimp to the batter.