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Alapa Recipe

Alapa is a traditional Nigerian breakfast dish made with beans and spices. It is a popular meal in the northern part of Nigeria and is usually eaten with a spicy tomato sauce and bread. Alapa is not only delicious, but it is also packed with protein and fiber, making it a healthy and filling breakfast option. Usually served in leaves.

Here's a detailed recipe for Alapa, along with information about calorie intake, allergy concerns, spicy level, healthy alternatives, and kitchen equipment and ingredients that can be purchased on Amazon.


1 cup black-eyed beans

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 tsp ground crayfish (optional)

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

Salt to taste


Vegetable oil for frying

Allergy concerns:

This recipe contains beans, which may not be suitable for people with certain food allergies or sensitivities. If you have a food allergy, be sure to check the ingredients carefully before preparing this dish.

Spicy level:

This recipe does not call for any particularly spicy ingredients, but you can adjust the level of heat to your liking by adding hot pepper or chili powder.

Healthy alternatives:

If you are looking for a healthier alternative to frying, you can try baking or air frying the Alapa instead. You can also use olive oil or coconut oil instead of vegetable oil for a healthier fat option.

Calorie intake:

This recipe makes approximately 4 servings. One serving of Alapa (made using the ingredients listed above) contains approximately 220 calories.

Kitchen equipment:

Large bowl

Medium-sized pot

Frying pan

Slotted spoon



Rinse the black-eyed beans thoroughly and soak in water for at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain the water and transfer the beans to a medium-sized pot.

Add enough water to the pot to cover the beans by about an inch. Add the chopped onion, ground crayfish (if using), thyme, cumin, paprika, and salt to the pot.

Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the beans are soft and cooked through.

Remove the pot from the heat and allow the beans to cool slightly. Transfer the beans to a blender and blend until smooth, adding a little water if necessary to achieve a smooth consistency.

Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Using a slotted spoon, drop spoonfuls of the bean mixture into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, flipping occasionally.

Remove the Alapa from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel to remove excess

Ingredients available on Amazon:

Black-eyed beans: Click to Buy

Ground crayfish: Click to Buy

Dried thyme: Click to Buy

Ground cumin: Click to Buy

Smoked paprika: Click to Buy

Salt: Click to Buy

Vegetable oil: Click to Buy

Blender: Click to Buy

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