This is a healthy and very delicious snack made from soya beans, it is popularly consumed in the northern part of Nigeria.
Soya bean is a very good source of protein, it aids in lowering cholesterol level and also contains a lot of vitamins, minerals and fibre.
There are a lot of Soya Bean based food/drinks like the Soya Milk, the Soya Awara made from curds of the Soya Milk of whose recipe I’ll be sharing soon :), there’s the Soya Bean Powder which can serve as a beverage, added to meals like Akamu, Custard and used in making Egusi soup.
Soya Awara is almost similar with Akara, another beans based snack, but the difference lies in the preparation. In Akara, the beans are soaked, blended and later fried. Whereas, in Awara, the curds are extracted from the soya milk and then tied up to be properly drained of water, or else it scatters upon deep frying.
- 3 cups of soya beans
- A cup of lime/lemon juice or alum
- Salt to taste
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Chopped onions
- A cube of Maggi
- Soak the beans overnight or soak for an hour and thirty minutes.Don’t peel the back of the beans
- Grind the soaked beans with a blender or go to the market and grind
- Strain using a cotton sieve cloth (locally called ase or myò in ibo)
- Boil the sieved out milk in a pot for 30-45 minutes, stirring frequently. When it begins to boil, add your lime/lemon juice or alum directly into the pot. After few minutes, the soy milk curds will begin to form at the top of the pot while the water stays below
- Using the cloth sieve, carefully sieve out the water while retaining the curds
- Add Maggi, chopped onions, salt and pepper, mix very well and tie up the sieve cloth tightly. Place a weight on it to drain the excess water and leave for two hours to let it solidify
- Untie the sieve, cut the curds into desired shape and fry
- Drain the excess oil using a paper towel and serve.
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