Beans Beignets (Niebe): Guest Food Blogger

September 09, 2018
Guest Blogger Armelle
Hi, I am Armelle, a wife and mother of three adorable kids. I am also a certified professional project manager, recipe developer, and food photographer. I love spending time in the kitchen with my family and cooking delicious meals with a West African twist. I constantly try to explore healthy and creative ways to enhance my relationship with food and I believe in spreading love, laughter, unforgettable beauty and magical moments when enjoying great foods with friends and family.
On my website I share quick and easy recipes made mostly from fresh and raw ingredients. Today, I am sharing my way of making fried beans cake called Gaou, Gawu, Niebe or Ankara. It is a very popular west African treat made with beans that my kids love so much. This dish can also be found in Brazil and Haiti.
beans beignets
Beans Beignets (also called Gaou, Gawu, Niebe or Ankara)

1lb of dry black eyed-peas
1 large onion
½ tsp of red pepper powder
Salt (to taste)
Pinch of black pepper
Coconut oil for deep frying
Optional A pinch of MSG - free bouillon

  1. Soak peas overnight in lots of water
  2. Drain. Do not attempt to remove the skin, as the whole bean is healthier
  3. In a food processor, puree the soaked peas, onion and hot pepper to the paste
  4. Transfer the mixture in a mixing bowl add black pepper and salt to taste.
  5. Whip the mixture for about 3 minutes 
  6. Heat coconut oil in a deep fryer 
  7. Scoop one tablespoon of the batter and drop into the hot coconut oil. Repeat until there is no more batter.
  8. Fry until golden brown
  9. Remove and serve warm
Can be eaten as is, with porridge (for example oatmeal porridge), or serve with a hot dipping sauce.Thank you and please subscribe to

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