One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in West Africa and the Caribbean) a fritter made with black-eyed peas or a similar pulse, or, especially in Trinidad, mashed fish.
- ‘Yet another delicious starter pick on Tilly's menu is accras served with a special pepper and ketchup blend dip.’
- ‘England fans in Otley tucked into a traditional Nigerian breakfast of spicy black-eyed pea fritters (akara) and friend bananas at Korks Wine Bar and Brasserie.’
- ‘I'm not sure if you're supposed to order 'em, but our cute waitress brought us baskets of ‘accras’ to snack on while we enjoyed our drinks.’
- ‘I opened my dinner with an assiette créole: crab-back stuffed with saltfish and spices, accras (seafood and vegetable fritters) and a couple of local crayfish called ouassous.’
- ‘Two special dishes of Tobago are curry crab and dumplings and accra, which is seasoned salt fish pounded and shaped into small cakes and fried.’
From Yoruba àkàrà ‘bean cake’.
The capital of Ghana, a port on the Gulf of Guinea; population 1,970,400 (est. 2005).
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