Gawoo ~ Bean Beignet


_MG_8055aThis recipe is one that my husband would eat living in Togo, Africa.  He said that if he wouldn’t have time to make his own breakfast he would stop at a street vendor to buy these.  One beignet costed about one penny and he would often buy five for his breakfast.   He was very excited when I received the Wondermill as we could make this recipe as it used Black-eyed Bean flour.

To make this recipe you first need to grind black-eyed beans.  I used 1 cup of beans which gave me approximately 1 and 1/3 cup flour.


Gawoo ~ Bean Beignet
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: African
A fried bread made with Black-eyed Beans
  • 1 cup black- eyed bean flour
  • ⅔ cup plus 1 tbsp water
  • ¾ tsp salt (or to taste)
  • oil to fry
  1. In mixing bowl, mix black-eyed bean flour and ⅔ cup water. Beat for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add ¾ tsp salt to 1 tbsp water and mix into flour mixture. Continue to beat until flour mixture is runny.
  3. Let dough sit for approx 5 minutes.
  4. Add oil to pan, making sure you have at least 1 -2 inches of oil in your pan.
  5. Mix dough for 30 seconds to 1 minute with spoon before frying
  6. Drop approximately 1 tbsp of dough into hot oil and fry until golden brown.
Beating the dough helps with the rising process. You can not mix it too much. If you let the dough sit for any length of time, mix it again before putting it in oil.

These beignets are very tasty and filling.  We ate them with a hot sauce, that my husband made by mixing 1 red hot pepper, onions and salt, grinding all together to make a paste.

About Marlys @ This and That

I have always loved to read recipe books. I read them like a novel, but very seldom use a recipe as it it is written. Recipe books are a start to your own creations. Along with cooking and baking, my passions include photography and blogging brings everything I love together. After marrying my African husband I have enjoyed learning to make many of his ethnic meals. Check out my blog.

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One Response to Gawoo ~ Bean Beignet

  1. how interesting. I just pinned this as I would like to try it sometime. I have never heard of it or had anything quite like, although we do eat and enjoy black bean burgers here.

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