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.

I am making videos for all the known Nigerian foods; I just want you to be able to make them easily.

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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  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?

  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

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  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.


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