Ewa Agoyin is a delicious pepper sauce that is made in Yoruba land and usually served with well-cooked beans. I grew up in Lagos state so I had a lot of this for breakfast.
We add fried plantain and assorted meat sometimes, it’s to die for!
The Yorubas sure have a twist to everything. There is stew and there is ewa agoyin (pepper sauce for beans) and just as you might have guessed, they are all delicious.
First, we are going to be making ewa agoyin (pepper sauce) using the ingredients below. Preparing the beans is the easy part, you will find the recipe at the end of this post.
1 cup of dried crushed chilies/peppers
1 white onion
1 red onion
1 Seasoning cube
Salt to taste
Palm oil – 2 cups
3 cups of beans/black-eyed peas
You can use any species of pepper/chilies as long as it is dried and ground.
I used a combination of one red onion and one white onion.
About two cups of palm oil (red oil) to make my ewa agoyin (pepper sauce).
Slice half of the red onion and combine the remaining half with the white onions, pepper, a cup of water and blend.
You get this:
Set your cooking pot on heat, add the two cups of palm oil and allow to heat but don’t let it bleach. About 3 minutes should do it. All through the cooking process you don’t let it bleach. the red color is just what set’s it apart from the regular tomato stew.
Once the oil is heated you can add the sliced red onions.
Fry the onion for about 3 minutes before adding the ground pepper/chillie, onions and water combination
Now you fry. This pepper sauce is not like the regular tomato stew so you would be frying for the next 15-25 minutes. In no time you will notice the sauce drying and turning dark. if it is not dark, it’s not ewa agoyin sauce.
You need the pepper to fry till it takes on the form and texture of small pebbles, or grainy, like sand. So you would spend the next few minutes in the kitchen stirring this sauce.
Partly the reason we use the wooden spoon. I think it does a better job than the regular cooking spoon. lots of splashes will occur at first, it dies down with time.
The sauce is already turning dark, we are not yet there but we would definitely get there.
By this time, your kitchen should have been enveloped by the wonderful aroma. If your neighbors are from Yoruba, they should be gathering together already.
Add a cube of seasoning and salt to taste. Fry for another 3-4 minutes and you are done with the making of ewa agoyin (Yoruba pepper sauce).
It should be dried but not burned.
You will need:
3 cups of beans
Half teaspoon of salt
Serving: 3 Persons.
In Nigeria we have both brown and white beans (black eyed peas). you can cook any color or specie. Ewa agoyin is however, always made out of brown beans
Boil about 5 cups of water, add the beans and allow it to boil for about 5 minute, turn off the heat, wash and set aside.
Boil another 5 cups of water and start cooking the beans in it. You can add more water in-between.
You want it really soft. Add a teaspoon of salt
Cook until the beans are really soft then go ahead and serve with the pepper sauce and agege bread.
Agege bread is a special soft and delicious bread that is made in Lagos, Nigeria. You can substitute with any other bread if you don’t live in Lagos Nigeria.
This is how to serve ewa agoyin in Nigeria, I love it!
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