how to make haitian dumplings

Haitian dumplings, also known as “Akra” or “Accra,” are delicious fritters made primarily from malanga (a starchy root vegetable) and spices. They are a popular snack or side dish in Haitian cuisine. Here’s how to make Haitian dumplings:


  • 1 pound of malanga root
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper or habanero pepper, finely chopped (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 12 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 14 teaspoon black pepper
  • 14 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Peel and Grate the Malanga:
    • Wear gloves when handling malanga as it may irritate the skin for some people. Peel the malanga root using a knife or vegetable peeler.
    • Grate the malanga using the fine side of a box grater or a food processor. Place the grated malanga in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out any excess moisture.
  2. Prepare the Batter:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated malanga, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using).
    • Mix the ingredients well to combine them thoroughly. The mixture should be slightly sticky and cohesive.
  3. Heat Oil for Frying:
    • In a deep frying pan or pot, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. You’ll need enough oil to submerge the dumplings.
  4. Shape and Fry the Dumplings:
    • Wet your hands with water to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands.
    • Take small portions of the malanga mixture and shape them into small patties or dumplings using your hands. You can make them round or oval, depending on your preference.
    • Carefully place the shaped dumplings into the hot oil, one at a time, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry in batches if necessary.
    • Fry the dumplings until they are golden brown and crispy, turning them occasionally to ensure even cooking. This should take about 5-7 minutes per batch.
  5. Drain and Serve:
    • Remove the fried dumplings from the oil using a slotted spoon or tongs and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
    • Serve the Haitian dumplings while they are still hot. They are typically enjoyed as a snack or side dish, often accompanied by pikliz (Haitian spicy pickled vegetables).

Haitian dumplings are best served fresh and hot. They have a wonderful combination of spicy and savory flavors and a crispy exterior. Enjoy these delicious fritters as a tasty treat or side dish.

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