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Boussan Touba - Savory Beancakes (Burkina Faso)

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“This recipe was featured on week 42 of my food blog, "Travel by Stove." I am attempting to cook one meal from every nation on Earth, and Burkina Faso is my 42nd stop. Unless otherwise noted, my Travel by Stove recipes are taken from authentic or traditional sources, and this recipe has been posted without any alternations or additions to the ingredients.”

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  1. Soak the black-eyed peas overnight. Drain, and place in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  2. Put the beans in a blender with the onion, carrots and egg (add a little water if you need to, but not too much). Season with salt and pepper and blend into a smooth paste.
  3. Heat the oil until bubbles rise around the non-stirring end of a wooden spoon. Meanwhile, shape the paste into flat patties, then dip in flour. Fry in the hot oil until browned, turning once.
  4. Hint: don't fiddle with them. It should take about five minutes per side to cook, but if you lift them too often they'll start to disintegrate.

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