RECIPE: Silk Fig Flower Accra

Banana has many variations: figs, green figs and plantains—the list goes on!. Whichever you can get your hands on, you’re sure to get a delicious and versatile fruit. Botanically, a berry, bananas are famous for being high in potassium however, they’re actually a better source for vitamin B6 and C. Banana’s old scientific name is musa sapientum which translates into “fruit of the wise men”. With that many vitamins in a sweet-pudding like fruit, no wonder it was the wise man's fruit! Grown all over the world, bananas are used as a lot more than just fruit.
Countries in Southeast Asia often make banana      fritters, pancakes and even salads out of the fruit. The following recipes use different types of bananas in ways a little more interesting than just peeling back and munching on it, though there's nothing wrong with that either!


This accra recipe uses an underutilised part of the banana, its flowers. In this case, the flowers of silk figs are used. They taste similar to artichoke hearts and are a good meaty substitute for vegetarians, especially in this accra recipe. Not nearly as strong as saltfish, the banana flowers add freshness to a beautifully fried ball of dough. Douse in delicious tamarind sauce and BOOM you’ve got a winner.


Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


1 banana flower, cleaned
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1⁄2 cup water
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon sugar
3 sprigs fresh Portuguese thyme or oregano
2 chadon beni leaves
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 pimento, chopped
Salt and pepper
Hot pepper
Tamarind sauce to serve


1 Heat oil to 350°F or medium-high heat. Line a platter with paper towel.
2 In a medium bowl, add all ingredients and mix.
3 Carefully dollop a heaping tablespoon of batter into oil. Dollops should puff to the top of the pot. Flip each accra in
the oil to ensure that all sides are golden brown.
4 Remove from the accra and place onto lined plate to remove excess oil. Repeat until all your batter is finished.
5 Serve warm with tamarind sauce.
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