[Foodies’ Corner]: Basic recipe and cooking instructions for Moin Moin

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Traditional Nigerian meal known as Moin Moin is made from steamed ground beans and spiced to taste. Due to the fact that everything is blended off the stove before cooking, moi moi might seem difficult to prepare.

Moin Moin is frequently served during gatherings, weddings, and other festive events. The most common method is cooking Moi Moi in bowls, Aluminium Foil Bags, Banana Leaves or in heat proof nylons.

Beans (Brown/Black eyed)
Ground crayfish
Seasoning cubes
Scotch bonnet pepper (Rodo)
(Tatashe) Bell pepper
Vegetable oil
Eggs OR Deboned smoked fish OR Deboned boiled fish
Chopped Onions
Warm water
Salt (to taste)

Soak and wash the beans hours before cooking to peel off the coat. After that, pour the beans in a bowl and pour water to cover it. Soak for three hours before blending.

If you’re using eggs, boil til it’s completely done, if you’re using smoked or fresh fish, debone, clean and cook with salt and and Maggi. Set aside the stock.

If you’re using Plastic bowls, grease with groundnut oil.


Blend the beans, tatashe, Rodo, onions, and crayfish together with some of the water and pour the mix into a big bowl.

Add the vegetable oil and the boiled fish stock, taste and adjust seasoning

Slowly add the remaining water and stir the mixture at the same time till you get a good mix of all the ingredients.

Add salt to taste and stir very well.

Pad the base of a big pot, pour some water and set on the stove. Thewater should be at most 1 inch.

Dish the Moi moi mix into your leaves or small plastic bowls.

Add egg and Or fish into each serving and set them in the pot.

Cover the pot and cook for at least an hour.

At intervals, open the pot to ensure that the water in the pot does not dry. Add water if you notice it is getting dry as this water helps the moin moin to cook properly.

Confirm that it is done by putting a knife through it, if the knife is stained with Moin Moin paste, then the Moin Moin is not done, but if the knife just has a slight smear of Moin Moin, then it’s done.

When you sure that your Moin Moin is completely done, take out the Moin Moin from the pot and leave to cool a bit before unwrapping or turning it onto a plate. Your Moin Moin is ready.

Moin Moin can be served with Pap(Ogi or Akamu), Fried rice, Boiled white rice and stew, Jollof Rice an a lot more.

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