Moi moi (beans pudding) is one of such Nigerian foods that are loved by every Nigerian. It is made of beans and some other ingredients.
The process of making moin moin (as some people call it) is a little bit complicating but I will try to be as detailed as possible.

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Here are the Ingredients I used while making the plate of moi moi below, you are free to increase the quantity of ingredients or reduce them depending on the number of persons you are looking to serve. These ingredients would serve six persons.

  • 1 kg of Mackerel
  • 7 Cooked Eggs (optional)
  • Half cup of vegetable oil
  • Maggi (seasoning, 2 to 3 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

how to make moi moi
What you find above are the images some of the ingredients for making beans pudding as well of that or ground moin moin on the left and right respectively.

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

You can use the cooked eggs, corned beef, fish of any kind or a blend of both to make moi moi. Here I used fish and eggs, I simply parboiled the fish, removed the center bones and split into smaller pieces

How to Make Moi Moi

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.

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

You can use a smart blender for this if you have one, I used my semi-smart blender and it didn’t do a perfect job but it was good enough.

Parboil the fresh /frozen fish, pick out from the water then pieces the fish with your fingers, not really squashing (leave in bits) Add this to the mixture. At this point you can also add corned beef in place of the fish or a blend of both.

Below is the image of my favorite moi moi (beans pudding)
Moi moi (beans pudding)
While still in the bowl, add the oil just pour into the ground beans – about half cup, add 2 cubes of maggi seasoning, the fish water (fish stock) (which must not be over half cup or so) salt to taste. Taste the entire mixture.
ground moi moi
The egg can be dropped on top after the moi-moi has been distributed in cooking plates, if you want to use eggs.

Distribute in as many plates as possible, some people use moi-moi 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 (some people use the stem of the moi-moi-wrapper), you don’t really need them if you are careful.
making moi moi
Drop the plates in the pot and 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

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

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Comments

  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.

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  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.

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  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

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  4. Anayo  July 10, 2013

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  7. Camira  July 11, 2013

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

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  8. Laaitu Adamu  July 11, 2013

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  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.

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  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.

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