Akra (Haitian Fritters)
Haitian Akra fritters, or Accra, is an appetizer made of pureed malanga (coco), garlic, scallions, pepper, and herbs fried to golden perfection. Starchy and highly nutritious, malanga is fiber-rich root vegetable native to Central and South America. Try it as a snack or an appetizer.
- 1 lb malanga root, peeled and cut into small pieces
- 1/2 green pepper, chopped
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp salt, or to taste
- ½ scotch bonnet pepper, chopped
- 2 cups vegetable oil, for frying
- Blend all ingredients (except oil) until smooth.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
- Preheat oil in a frying pan or deep fryer to 350 degrees.
- Scoop small amounts of the puree into the hot oil with a spoon. Fry for 5 to 8 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove the akra and place on paper towels to drain and cool.
- Serve warm.