Moi moi (beans pudding) is one of such Nigerian foods that are loved by every Nigerian. It is made of beans and some other local ingredients.

The recipe for beans pudding is not as straight forward as the recipe for porridge beans or even jollof rice but with time and a little keenness, however, You will become great at it.

Below is the image of my favorite moi moi (beans pudding)
Moi moi (beans pudding)

I have included two videos in this recipe, one helps you learn how to wash-peel beans in less than 8 minutes.

The other video by the end of this articles shows you how to make moi moi

Here are the ingredients I used for this recipe. You are free to increase the quantity or reduce it depending on the number of persons you are looking to serve.

Complete Ingredients For Moi Moi

Serving: 6

Total time: 90 minutes.

1 kg of Mackerel

7 Cooked Eggs (optional)

Half cup of vegetable oil

3 seasoning cubes

Salt to taste.

1 cup of sliced onions

Tatashe or shobo (about 5 to 10, it add the reddish color)

Crayfish (1 cup)

3 cups of beans

Moi Moi Ingredients

What you find above are some of the necessary ingredients for making moi moi.

There is a special kind of beans used for making beans pudding in Nigeria but you can substitute with any other type of beans if you live outside Nigeria.

You can use the cooked eggs or fish of any kind. You can even combine both as I have done in this moi moi recipe.

I simply parboiled the fish, removed the center bones and split into smaller pieces

Moi Moi Preparation

Please add the beans into a bowl, sprinkle a handful of water and start squeezing with your hands.

This is the easiest way to wash beans; you would be through in 20 minutes.

You can add a little more water but don’t allow it to soak; continue squeezing until it starts shading off the outer coat, you’d probably be doing this for about 3 minutes.

When it seems like a good amount of the beans have shaded off their outer-coat, add enough water to fill the bowl. The outer coat would rise to the top, sieve and continue squeezing.

At some point there would be just very few that have not shaded off their outer coat, work on them and keep washing.

Wash the beans to remove the outer coat, keep squeezing, washing and sieving till you are left with the white beans then you can prepare for the grinding part. Below is the video that shows you how to wash moi moi beans.

How To Peel (Wash) Beans Video

Most people spend their entire evening washing beans, here is how to do it in just 8 minutes.

There are people in Nigeria that render the service of grinding food stuff like moi moi or tomatoes in large quantity

Split the red tatashe or shobo into two halves to remove the seeds at the center, this practice is necessary because the seeds add a bitter unpleasant taste to moi moi. Wash and also pluck off the green stem at the top.

Parboil the fresh /frozen fish, pick out from the water then pieces the fish with your fingers, not really squashing (leave in bits).

What I do at this point is to add all of them (beans, onions, crayfish and tatashe or shobo) in a small clean bowl and take to the commercial grinding mill.

Combined ingredients

You can use a smart blender for this if you have one, I used my semi-smart blender and it did a perfect job.

How To Make Moi Moi

While still in the bowl, add the fish.

Pour in the oil into the ground beans – half-cup (125ml), add 2 seasoning cubes, the fish water (fish stock) (which must not be over a half cup) salt to taste. Stir and taste the entire mixture.

ground moi moi

The egg can be dropped on top after the barter has been distributed in cooking plates.

How to Cook beans Pudding

Distribute in as many plates as possible, some people use wrappers for this purpose. After the distribution, you can drop into the cooking pot.

If you are cooking with plates, you can drop the plates on top of each other but you must drop tiny logs of woods or pieces of clothes at the bottom of the pot to avoid burning the plate.

Some people use the stem of the moi moi wrapper, you don’t really need them if you are careful.

Drop the plates in the pot, three or four per row.

Cooking beans pudding

Add water simultaneously making sure it doesn’t top the first plate.

Then cover tightly and cook for about 40 to 60 minutes adding water at interval to avoid burning or too much water that would run into the plates.

This part is monitored closely because if you allow the pot to dry the plates would start melting especially if you are using plastic plates.

Note that plastic plates can cook for hours without melting or getting burned, the exception is when the pot is completely dried.

You can bring out one of the plates after cooking for 40 minutes to check if it is done, check again after ten minutes, once it is done, allow to cool off for 30-60 minutes; then serve with pap (akamu), rice or custard

cooked moi moi

Nigerian (beans pudding) can also be served alone, I love it.

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Moi moi recipe

Moi Moi Recipe | Bean pudding Nigerian way.

Chy Anegbu
Moi moi is a very popular food in Nigeria. it could be paired with Akamu (pap), custard or even jollof rice and served as a breakfast or lunch.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 6 People
Calories 469 kcal


  • Pots
  • Blender


  • 7 Cooked Eggs optional
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste.
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 10 Shombo pepper adds the reddish color
  • 1 cup crayfish
  • 3 cups of beans


  • Parboiled the fish, removed center bones and break into smaller bits. Set the stock aside.
  • Remove seeds from the shombo (pepper) and wash/peel the beans.
  • Combine crayfish, shombo, onions, and blend into a smooth paste.
  • Transfer into a large bowl then add oil, fish, 2 seasoning cubes, fish stock, and stir all together.
  • Taste for salt.
  • Distribute in plates or moi moi wrappers and cook for 35 minutes
  • This is how - drop the plates in the pot, three or four per row.
  • Add water simultaneously making sure it doesn’t top the first plate.
  • Cover tightly and cook for 35 minutes.
  • After 35 minutes, bring out one of the plates to see if it is well cooked.
  • Note: When it is well cooked, it takes some 1-3 hours to cool and solidify like the moi moi you buy from restaurants.


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Moi Moi Video Recipe

Please watch the video above to learn how I made moi moi (beans pudding).


  1. Aina  June 28, 2013

    Thanks for teaching me how to make moi moi, I guess this is one of the complex Nigerian foods. I have learned so much from your site, I can now make some of the recipes on this site. I will definitely try this moi moi this weekend, my husband said he like it best when it is served with pap.

  2. chinyere  June 28, 2013

    I followed your instruction to make moi moi and it turned out very perfect. I used egg and corned beef. And also followed your instruction to the T, Thanks, I will be making fried rice this weekend.

  3. princess  July 10, 2013

    I like moi moi so much but I don’t know how to prepare it. Thanks for teaching me, I am definitely going to try it out this week, I will tell you how it all turned out. By the way you have the best site on Nigerian foods

  4. Anayo  July 10, 2013

    Thanks for the recipe, I am one of your loyal followers. Your site is great.

  5. Ruth  July 10, 2013

    Hello, thanks for this wonderful recipe. I like moi moi also and several other Nigerian foods. I would like to make all the other foods too. Please do you have a complete product that contain all the Nigerian Recipes and how do I purchase it? I am a ghanian but married to a loving Nigerian man. Thanks, my name is Ruth.

  6. The Nigerian Kitchen  July 11, 2013

    Hello Ruth, thanks for your comment. Our 50 Delicious Recipe is reputed as the most comprehensive and complete product for making Nigerian foods. It is a combination of both written and video instructions. Thank you.

  7. Camira  July 11, 2013

    I love beans pudding! But I have never made one for myself. Thanks for the recipe

  8. Laaitu Adamu  July 11, 2013

    I can not thank you enough for the free weekly recipes you’ve been sending into my box. You are really doing a great job.
    May God reward you abundantly. You have really touched my life in the area of cooking generally. Thanks and may God you.

  9. Lady b  July 11, 2013

    I live in the UK and would love to make moi moi by myself, I am tired of buying from these African shops. Besides I would be saving a lot If I can make most of these foods at home. I purchased beans floor a while ago, I am going to start with it. I will inform you once I am done.

  10. The Nigerian Kitchen  July 13, 2013

    Hello Lady B, how are you doing? It’s been a while I saw you around. Thanks for commenting. I would really love to learn how it all turned out. I like to prepare moi moi the local way with beans, I have not tried making them with beans flour, let’s see how that turn out.

  11. Lady B  July 13, 2013

    Dear Peace, I will inform you once I am done. By the way, I just purchased your product “50 Delicious Nigerian Recipes” it is amazing! You really did a fantastic job here, Thanks.

  12. Peters  July 13, 2013

    Beans pudding? OMG! The last time I ate this was over ten years ago, can I get some?

    • Mimi  October 13, 2017

      yes you can, come have some….

  13. Adewunmi Adisa  July 22, 2013

    Hello, u are really doing a great job, I have learnt a lot from u especially our local food. The Lord will continue to strengthen you.

  14. Adegoke Adenike  July 22, 2013

    Thanks so much for teaching me more on how to cook Moi Moi, i like it so much. Have u try cooking moi moi with Caprisonne Nylon? dat is wot i used most times, it save time and get done quick. I LIKE IT so much.

  15. The Nigerian Kitchen  July 22, 2013

    Adegoke Adenike, thanks for your comment. Are u kidding me? I mean the caprisonne nylon, I haven’t thought of that o, it would be nice to give it a shot though, why not tell us how you do it, do you just save the caprisonne nylon after drinking them?

    • MICKYLOVE  September 3, 2019


  16. Enny Ijezie  July 27, 2013

    Tnks a lot,I’m rly learning from your site,keep up the good work *thumbs up*

  17. Temitope  October 21, 2013

    Honestly,am very much grateful to whoever anchor this site cos i‘m only browsing to get some stuff on moi moi recipe for my students only for me to find the detail on how to prepare it,please my question is, how and where can i get this great book on how prepare different nigerian dishes,cos my hubby loves it when i prepare food myself rather than gettin it from food sellers

  18. The Nigerian Kitchen  October 22, 2013

    Hello Temitope, welcome to the Nigerian Kitchen, the best place in the world for healthy and delicious Nigerian foods. I am Chy Anegbu and you can get my eBook from the sales page. It is a digital product that you can purchase and download in minutes. Thanks, I will be looking out for your name #lol#

  19. Shalom Peace  October 24, 2013

    Well done, my comment are constructive to make our foods truly international, we should use international measuring standards and for the Nigerian vegetables and spices kindly use botanical names in addition to English names. God bless you and more grease to your elbows. Amen.

  20. olufunmi  November 8, 2013

    I really love ds site.It will remain d v saved many homes.tnx but whr can I get ur book(our 50 delicious recipe).I live in cooking is limited to yoruba foods alone,I want to learn abt other tribes.tnx sis

  21. The Nigerian Kitchen  November 8, 2013

    Hello Olufunmi, thanks for your comment. You can purchase my eBook from the Sales Page Here, Thanks dear.

  22. onyinye  November 21, 2013

    This site is awesome….cant wait to make some moi moi tomorrow….well done chy

  23. Nykkie  January 7, 2014

    This is truly awesome!!! I’ve been looking through a couple of your recipes and I can see that u have done a really good job. Thank u so much for the info. P.s. Do u have steps on how to make Gbegiri? (that’s actually what brought me to your site. Thx a lot.

  24. sheun  January 24, 2014

    thumbs up to u…….i love ur site

  25. chinyere  March 8, 2014

    Amazing!!! Exactly the same way I make moi moi.thank you

  26. Lizbeth  May 20, 2014

    Hello.this happens to be one of the greatest sites i have come across!..your recipes are delicious.actually am a Kenyan and would love to learn how to cook nigerian food.thank you so much and be blessed.

  27. Daisy  August 5, 2014

    i am so satisfied with your recipe because it is quite explicit and following this, will bring out something really delicious.I am going to make a try tomoro bcos i ve never made moi moi before.Thanks

  28. Olubanjo Bosede  November 4, 2014

    I wonder how u are able to do everything perfectly. U are a genius. I’ve learnt a lot from ur site. I will try this moi moi this weekend. Thanks.and keep it up.

    • Chy Anegbu  November 7, 2014

      Bosede, thanks for your comment. Chy

  29. omolara  November 11, 2014

    My problem with moi moi is dat wen I prepare it, it is always kind of too soft. I want to get it right pls

    • Chy Anegbu  November 20, 2014

      Have you tried it exactly the way we did it on this page? do you wash your own beans or buy dried ground moi moi beans? it could be anything.

  30. Jesse McDonald Sr.  November 11, 2014

    God bless you I have cooked for many many years and then I finally brought your Ultimate Cookbook and learned a lot of new techniques it increased my cooking range, I like your website keep up the good work I try to cook all your recipes. I’m looking forward to gettingyour e cookbook with dvds lol to you will send more comments later. Enjoyed your fruit salad.

    • Chy Anegbu  November 20, 2014

      Hello Jesse, thanks for your comment, I read all of them. I am delighted that you are making good use of the COOKBOOK

  31. onyi  November 27, 2014

    Hi Chy, I did buy d e-book but I’ve not been using it. Today I made moi moi following ur recipe & method, & it was da bomb. My hubby has asked me to get d hard copy of ur cookbook, pls how do I get it.
    Also do u have a cookbook for snacks, drinks & all d other orishirishi or can they be found in d cookbook?

    • Chy Anegbu  November 30, 2014

      Sure, you can call 08035051468 for the cookbook now.

  32. Loveth  November 27, 2014

    Hi Chy, U are really great. I am lucky for subscribing to your weekly letter. Pls is there any other way of getting your cookbook except online? keep up the good work and I anxiously await your next delicacy post.

    • Chy Anegbu  November 30, 2014

      You can call David on 08035051468 for more on getting the book. Thanks.

  33. Funke  February 9, 2015

    Nice job!! Will be so addicted to this site…… yayyyy

  34. Alero  February 27, 2015

    Hi chy
    looks nice will try.
    pls I have a grounded beans how can I use this for moi moi. Pls explain how to do the moi moi, with a granded dry white beans.
    Thanks for your wonderful recipes

    • Chy Anegbu  February 27, 2015

      Haven’t use ground dried beans before, but I suppose you have to mix with water first, allow for 30-60 minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients. You will have to blend the tatashe, onions and crayfish then.

  35. Tee  February 27, 2015

    Hi Chy, your recipes have been truly awesome. Please keep up the good work.

  36. Janice  April 22, 2015

    Nice job…..! Keep it up.

  37. Onyeka  May 22, 2015

    Please my moi moi always turns out soft. I am also trying to make it right now as we speak but it’s already soft and has been cooking for nearly 2 hours. What should I do

    • Chy Anegbu  May 26, 2015

      Do you grind your beans by yourself? beside, moi moi should be soft while it is cooking, it solidifies several hours after cooking.
      I think 45-60 minutes is enough for moi moi.

  38. jocken  June 15, 2015

    Waw very interestin big aunty,I wil kip listenin to u as a bachellor

  39. Adetutu  October 3, 2015

    Yaaaay….moi moi is one of my favourite but stressful

  40. maimunah  October 21, 2015

    It’s nice to have different recipes on this site please I will love to have your books if possible a video explanation on directions too. Thankx

  41. imaobong  October 21, 2015

    Hi chy, you are an amazing woman tnk u for all your recipe. Pls I would love to ask dis question. In grinding tomatoes for stew is it ok to add ginger nd garlic? Waitng for answers. God bless you.

  42. Celestine Vivian Chinwe  October 21, 2015

    wow i love dey way you prepare yours.

  43. stephanie  November 8, 2015

    Chy thank you for the moi moi recipe its wonderful nd plain I would try mine

  44. Helen Adaoleh  November 26, 2015

    I have your cookbook it’s great can not wait till my husband comes to Australia and sees I have been practicing Nigerian food as in two moths it will be s year since we have seen each other thank you got your cookbook

  45. rita  November 26, 2015

    Thank you so much for the moi- moi recipe. I really appreciate it.

  46. Moniyi  November 26, 2015

    Thank you for the moi moi recipe.

  47. Jossy  November 26, 2015


    This is nice. I like to wrap my moi-moi in leaf. I enjoy the taste a lot.

  48. Ngozi  November 27, 2015

    My dear you are a darling for most women world wide.
    Keep it up love your recipe.

  49. Rukayat Bello  December 3, 2015

    In fact you are too much, am also a caterer but going through your recipe iIreally learn a lot. Kudos to you

  50. Sis. Vickii  January 20, 2016

    I really thank God for ur life, ur are a blessing to many women that cannot handle good cooking but with ur directions we can learn but to get an excellent taste in moi moi add enough onions and more creyfish, then carrot and peas then you can as well use caprisonne or yeast packet to foil the moi moi. tnks

  51. favour mbila  January 26, 2016

    l just made my right now … its awesome and my husband
    is paying my bride price again for the second time after tasting it. loving it

  52. Furo  January 30, 2016

    Thumbs up chi, I’ve been following your recipes and it’s been wonderful. Keep the flag flying.

  53. blessing ugiagbe  February 3, 2016

    Well done,thumbs up 4 u,kip up d gud wrk! How kan I get a weekly recipee, and if I may ask do u have a training school?

  54. Dara  April 12, 2016

    Thank you very much, my kids enjoy it so much. You know what I always prepared rice with fried pepper and egg for them but when they eat moi moi and pap they said mum why can you add this one to our food. So I will like you to send me food time table for them and I’m sure that I will lean a lot from you, thanks may God continue to nourish your wisdom.

  55. Rebecca  April 12, 2016

    Hi I love ur recipes they ve been so helpful. Pls can u make samosa I really want to knw how to make cos my husband And kids love it a lot. Thanks.

  56. gladys  April 14, 2016

    It really taste delicious. But can u really wash the beans well without soaking it. I use to soak my bean from evening still morning before washing it

  57. BILKISU  April 21, 2016

    it really taste delicious. but i use to soak my bean immediately and wash it. it is so wonderful thanks u

  58. Lydia  June 25, 2016

    How can I purchase the book pls I need it very much

  59. Tochi  July 16, 2016

    I Love moi moi and making it right away. thanks for ur directions

  60. Temmy  July 27, 2016

    Honestly, I appreciate your effort. I have learnt a lot from you and I’m still learning. Now I cook varieties courtesy of you. Thanks for putting in effort to help people like me to start loving the kitchen. Love you chy

  61. Rosie  July 27, 2016

    you are really wonderful. thanks a lot for all this recipe. God Wii bless you

  62. suzzy  July 27, 2016

    Ch words alone can not express my gratitude to God for making me come in contact with ur blog. I luv u so much and blessed be d day I will see u face to face. Tanx so much u have made my cooking skills come alive, anytime I prepare onugbu soup my hubby always call his friends to come and have a thirst of it but not to finish it for him? . And for d weekly mail am so grateful I know it is a bit tasking financially but don’t give up God will surely reward and enlarge ur coast. Thanks for showing me how to make moi moi.

  63. ladyb  November 11, 2016

    l luv your procedure of making moimoi.pls be cause of my health issues.can l use breakable cuplike plate to put d moimoi.will it break?can l bake d plate also.thk yu

  64. kemi sowemimo  February 2, 2017

    Nice one……….. such an educating site

  65. Sonia  March 22, 2017

    Wow you really are amazing,I love you new way and have learnt a lot from this,you are the best GOOD JOB

  66. Happiness  March 24, 2017

    Thank you so much chy An God bless you

  67. EGBEDI MABEL EJOVI  March 30, 2017


  68. moji  June 10, 2017

    Thanks chy for this wonderful platform on hw to make nigerian dishes it will also improve my cooking. God bless

  69. favy  June 22, 2017

    Is there any particular beans for moi moi because I sell moi moi but I don’t have enough profit I need to known a special beans for it

  70. Man-g kagyana  July 16, 2017

    thanks for teaching me how to prepare moi-moi because my lecturer gave us an assignment on how to prepare moi-moi and now i finally know how to do it. thank you very much

  71. Flora  October 21, 2017

    Hi Chy, God bless u for every thing so far. i will love to have a complete book of all kinds of rice dish, soup stew, desserts, drinks, breakfast everything. not bit by bit. i want to know the total cost so as to prepare for the order. i will really appreciate if you will reply this mail. u can text me or call on 07035508969. tanks am expecting your replies.

    • Chy Anegbu  October 23, 2017

      Thanks for your feedback. We have a very comprehensive book for soups, rice, drinks, breakfast, etc.
      Click Here

  72. naoml  February 1, 2018

    I followed your recipe and the moimoi came out tasty. But it was very dark. What can I add to get the peachy colour like yours?

    • Chy Anegbu  February 2, 2018

      Just follow the recipe in detail. Did you peel the beans? use tatashe or shobo? Moimoi should look red.

  73. Kayla  February 27, 2018

    Hi dear, i love your site so much and i learn alot too..

  74. Angel  March 14, 2018

    thanks for your kind in teaching I will try this method of cooking moi moi today

  75. Eucharia  March 16, 2018

    Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. You’ve made my weekend!

  76. Flora Eleta  May 25, 2018

    I like moi moi so am thinking of going into making it for sale, as I have discovered people like it but don’t want to go through the rigors of washing the beans. I would like your advice on the best container to use for retail purpose. Thanks so much.

  77. Mark tetteh  June 6, 2018

    It’s seen a bit complex, but I love it. It’s one of Nigeria best I have seen.

  78. Ukachi Kingsley  June 6, 2018

    You are a genius and a guru in your field.I would like to work or partner with you

  79. Ngozi  September 30, 2018

    Greetings, i just want to thanks you for this recheck, i laind some more things good ways of cooking Ndi Igbo food, and i will like to add something about moi moi, don’t we think is good too to let people to know about the real folly of moi moi and it test…akwụkwọ ute..thanks

  80. Obute Juliet Chinenye  November 8, 2018

    I really love this recipe dear Aunty Chy, may God bless the day i came across this site. I am a young girl that don’t know how to cook most of the Nigerian Recipe but this site has really help me out. May God Bless you so much Aunty Chy. I wish to know all the recipe that a starter need and I pray that God will help me through with this site in Jesus name, Amen. Thanks.

    • Chy Anegbu  November 11, 2018

      Welcome once again, delighted to have you around.

  81. Olutoyin  March 11, 2019

    Well done. You are doing great work. Food prepared at home is far better and cheaper. God will bless your efforts equipping women folks taking charge of their homes.

  82. Flossy  March 11, 2019

    Thanks chy for this info on how to make beans pudding. Keep it up

  83. Chrisneb  March 12, 2019

    Thanks to Chi for delivering the cookbook through the transportation waybill two days after i ordered for it. I’m happy for that. U are guys are genuine. God bless guys with more grace and greatness.

  84. Olubukola  March 12, 2019

    Thanks so much l’m really learning. Kudos to you

  85. Folashade  March 14, 2019

    Thanks for the recipe on how to make moi moi. I will try it and get back to you.

  86. Nikky  May 29, 2019

    I bless the day I came across your site. I have started cooking and eating healthy. I made moi moi your way and it turned out delicious. Pls include diabetic meals on your site. Much thanks. Nikky

  87. NKECHU  June 12, 2019

    Thanks for the receipe. I will try .

  88. NKECHI  June 12, 2019

    Thanks for the receipe. I will try it

  89. Ruth  June 13, 2019

    Thanks for teaching this recipe, although i’ve cocked this before, but the challenge i av is that water enters it, even though i use nylon. more so, it takes time to cock, above 1 hour i don’t know why.

    • Chy Anegbu  June 14, 2019

      You add water simultaneously. One or two cups at a time, and you have to watch closely so it doesn’t get burned.

  90. Blessing irabor  June 16, 2019

    Wow such a wonderful lesson I will make one myself this weekend and thank chy

  91. Success  June 18, 2019

    i’ve never try this but with your help I will try it this weekend thank you

  92. Precious  September 4, 2019

    I am a first timer, i just browsed through your recipe for moimoi, i hope to give it a try.
    thanks for your goods works.

  93. Zee  October 26, 2019

    Hello ma’am
    Thanks for this recipe
    I use it to make my moi moi but it mostly ends up mashed.
    I hardly achieve the solid form
    Can you pls tell me what I am doing wrong?

  94. Happy  October 29, 2019

    Thanks alot i really love this procedure

  95. Chika  August 2, 2020

    5 stars
    I serve moi moi and pap in my home. Something I pair with jollof rice or even bread. I learned about this combo from my secondary school days. Moi moi and bread was one of the best snack i ever had. Have you tried it? You should.

    • Chy Anegbu  August 2, 2020

      Thanks for your feedback. I love moi moi too.

  96. chime  August 2, 2020

    5 stars
    You have the best recipe so far, I will try this and get back to you.


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