Yoruba Foods



Yoruba foods are just as popular as foods by other Nigerian tribes. I believe that I am qualified to talk about Yoruba recipes on this page because I have lived in Lagos state Nigeria for the past six years and have tasted virtually all known Yoruba foods or have seen them being prepared at least. I like some of them but haven’t been able to get around a few of them.

I remember the day I saw a mixture of gbegiri/ewedu and stew for the first time, it was a pleasant sight to behold but I was wondering “what the heck is that’, that’s the way the Yorubas like to eat, they like a combination of soups/stew/ assorted meat plus eba or pounded yam.

If you are an African/American or a white lady but married to a Nigerian Yoruba man you will find this page interesting.

Most Nigerians eat almost the same set of foods. Take jollof rice or porridge yam for instance, they are all the same across all Nigerian geopolitical zones except the slim difference in the style of preparation or ingredients used, especially for the soups. So any Yoruba man can accept virtually all the regular Nigerian foods but if you are looking to surprise him with a special treat then you might wanna start from this page.

This is all about the foods eaten by the Yorubas, a very popular Nigerian major tribe. Some of them are easy to prepare while a whole lot of them would require some traditional cooking utensils, don’t worry, I will be here with you every step of the way.

Here are the names of Yoruba Soups/foods.

Ewedu

Gbegiri

Efo Riro

Amala

Iyan – Pounded yam

There are over a hundred different foods eaten by the Yorubas so we are going to take them one after the other. I want to talk about the very popular ewedu soup here and then a little bit on how to make gbegiri, I just learned about this recipe a few days back, it is a delicious Yoruba recipe.

Yoruba Ewedu Soup

This green soup is likely the most popular Yoruba soup from what I have seen during most Yoruba parties but I noticed that it is never served alone, wondering if I have tasted ewedu soup? Of course I have or how else do you think I learned to prepare this delicacy.

I will tell you my experience with ewedu soup on the main page and also why different Nigerian tribes seem to have different recipes that are special to them.
This way –> For Yoruba Ewedu Soup.

You can also learn how I made a delicious plate of efo riro soup here, the popular Yoruba rich vegetable soup.
This way for –> Efo Riro Vegetable Soup

That being said, I want to talk about another delicious Yoruba food (soup) here – gbegiri soup, I made this soup a couple of day back and it is very delicious when served with stew, ewedu and amala, the usual Yoruba way.

Yoruba Gbegiri Soup

This page is entirely about the foods eaten by the Yorubas and here you are going to learn about making gbegiri a very popular Yoruba “bean soup”

Ingredients for making gbegiri soup

2 cups Beans (white or brown)
Potash
Onions (2 balls)
Pepper
Palm oil
Seasoning (knorr cube, salt etc)

Preparation

Step 1

Soak the beans in a bowl with water for about 20 minutes, wash and sieve out the back (leaving the white split cotyledons), then pour into a pot and start cooking with just water and about half teaspoon of powdered potash, the potash act as a catalyst, most people use potash to hasten the cooking process while others avoid it for health or personal reasons

Step 2

Cook for twenty to fifty minutes until it is very soft and ready for mashing. After that use a short strong neat broom to mash it till soft (there is often a broom kept for this purpose, the same that is used for ewedu soup). The reason for this is just to ground the already cooked beans to a seedless soft pudding.

There are different methods to making Yoruba foods, the gbegiri soup is not an exception. Some Yoruba uses a strong spoon and a plastic sifter for this purpose. They achieve the same end by pressing the soft seeds against the sieve with a spoon, it is that simple for most Yoruba foods. Set the mashed
beans apart in a clean bowl.

Step 3
At this point most people just transfer into a pot then add the onions, seasoning (knorr cube optional), pepper, salt, palm oil and allow it to steam for 10 minutes then a delicious pot of gbegiri soup is made, or you can follow step 3B

Step 3B
After following step 2 to a T, set your cooking pot on the burner, use about 10 to 15cl of palm oil, allow to heat then add sliced onions, mashed beans, pepper, other seasoning of choice (a cube knorr of maggi), iru (locust bean), salt to taste, allow to cook for five minutes and you just made a delicious pot of gbegiri soup, one of my favorite Yoruba soup
You can serve gbegiri with amala, fufu or eba.

There are so many Other yoruba foods that we are yet to talk about. We are also making videos.

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Comments

  1. philomena  July 27, 2013

    Hello, I am very new to making Nigerian foods. I am getting married to a Nigerian person in few months time and I just want to know how to make some of the best yoruba foods. Actually I would like to start with the easy recipes and then graduate to the complex ones on the long run. He is from Yoruba while I am British, I am a kitchen kind of person and I have learned a lot about British recipes, I just hope that Nigerian recipes would be easy too

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  2. Mike  July 27, 2013

    Hello Philomena, I would suggest that you start with the simple Nigerian recipes, take jollof rice for instance, every Nigerian eats jollof rice. You might wanna start with that and then maybe, if you get it right you can graduate to other local yoruba recipes

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  3. Kemi  August 1, 2013

    I’m interested in making Nigerian foods because I have realized that we don’t have so many recipes in Nigeria Especially,we the yorubas. So I need to learn more to be able to cook varieties of food for my family and my future family

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