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Beans Beignets Recipe (also called Gaou, Gawu, Niebe or Ankara)

These beans beignets is very popular in west African. These recipe I am sharing is my quick and easy way to make. You will also find this treat in Bresil and Haiti.


1lb of dry black eyed-peas
1big Onion
1/2 tsp of red pepper powder
Salt (to taste)
Pinch of Black pepper
A pinch of MSG- free bouillon (optional)
Coconut oil for deep fry


Soak peas overnight in lots of water.
Drain. Do not attempt to remove the skin, as the whole bean is healthier.
In a food processor, puree to a paste the soaked peas, onion and hot pepper
Transfer the mixture in a mixing bowl add black pepper, bouillon, and salt to taste
Whip the mixture for about 3mn
Heat coconut oil in a deep fryer
With a tablespoon, scoop the batter and drop it into the hot coconut oil
Fry until golden brown
Remove and serve warm
Can be eaten as is or with porridge like your oatmeal porridge, or serve with hot sauce dip
  1. Reply

    Fried black eyed peas are delicious. The first time I had them was as a bar snack, and I loved them. Since I’ve had fritters, and they lived up to my lofty expectations. I’m going to give this recipe a shot.

    1. Reply

      Thank you very much Jeff. These food always reminds me of my childhood. Hopefully you will like it.

    • Dahn
    • September 25, 2017

    What a nice quick and easy beignet recipe. I did not realize it was a popular dish in West Africa.

    1. Reply

      It is very popular in west Africa. You will always find it at almost all schools since kids love it.

    • Mary
    • September 26, 2017

    This looks like the perfect recipe to make for New Years. My mom always made black eyed peas as a sign of good luck. Can’t wait to try these!

    1. Reply

      Mary, you are teaching me something. Black eyed peas is my favorite beans. I hope you will like this dish. Have a great weekend.

    • Sapna
    • September 27, 2017

    Wow, looks delicious!!! I make a coconut based curry with black eyed peas but never thought we could make beignets. Will try this recipe 🙂

    1. Reply

      Hello Sapna Now that you are talking about coconut based curry, you are giving me an idea for this weekend. I hope you will like this recipe

  2. Reply

    Very interesting. I dont think i have every had beignets made of beans before. Thanks!

    1. Reply

      Geoffrey, they are delicious. You should give it a try.

    • Ali
    • September 27, 2017

    Yummy! I can imagine serving these in some pita bread . I need to cook with black eyed peas more often – they are so yummy.

    1. Reply

      Hello Ali, these beignet are very versatile and very yummy indeed. Please give it a try.

  3. Reply

    Looks awesome! I am very fond of African food, been trying to prepare some dishes myself, I will include this in the future!

    1. Reply

      Cynthia, please include this to your African recipe list. These beignets are very delicious.

  4. Reply

    These look absolutely delightful! I wouldn’t have thought to use beans! I can’t wait to give this a try!

  5. Reply

    I never heard of fried beans! I cannot believe this recipe! I would love to try these .

  6. Reply

    These look like a yummy appetizer! We eat a lot of black eyed peas, I’ll have to try these soon!

  7. Reply

    Yummy! I love these but I have not made them myself. Your recipe looks easy and I have all the ingredients. I must try it out!

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