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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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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