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 and 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 this Yoruba pepper sauce for bean.
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.
Complete Ewa Agoyin Ingredients
1 cup of dried crushed chilies/peppers
1 white onion
Large red onion (one)
1 Seasoning cube
Salt to taste
2 cups palm oil
3 cups of beans/black-eyed peas
How to Make Ewa Agoyin
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 heating, but don’t let it bleach. About 3 minutes should do it.
Throughout the cooking process, you don’t let it bleach when making ewa agoyin
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 fry 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, the wonderful aroma has enveloped your kitchen.
If your neighbors are from Yoruba, they should gather 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.
How to Boil Ewa (Beans).
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 of brown beans.
Add the beans to boiling water and allow it to simmer for about 5 minutes, turn off the heat, wash and set aside.
Boil 5 cups of water and start cooking the beans in it. You can add more water in-between.
We like it really soft. Add a teaspoon of salt.
Cook until the beans are really soft, then 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.
How to Serve Ewa Agoyin
This is how to serve ewa agoyin in Nigeria, I love it!
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Ewa Agoyin Sauce Recipe with Bean and bread
- 1 cup of dried crushed chilies/peppers
- 1 white onion
- 1 red onion
- 1 Seasoning cube
- Salt to taste
- 2 cups of palm oil
- 3 cups of beans/black-eyed peas
- Blend the peppers and onions together to get a smooth paste.
- Set your cooking pot on heat, add 600ml of palm oil (2 cups) let it heat for 3 minutes but don't let it bleach.
- Add 1 cup of thinly sliced red onion to the heated oil and let it fry for just about 3 minutes.
- Now go ahead to add the ground chili/peppers/onion combination.
- Now you fry the sauce for the next 15-20 minutes. By the time you are done, it should have turned a little dark.
- Add a seasoning cube and salt to taste. You should have your sauce ready in a minute.
- Serve ewa agoyin sauce with bean, you can throw in few slices of bread.
I would love to read your comments below, have you tried it yet?