Nigerian Beans Recipes

March 14, 2013
Chef Chidi
Porridge beans

Like I said before, Ewa (beans) and bread is a very popular breakfast recipe in Lagos Nigeria and because I want to make this site as comprehensives as possible I don’t want to leave out any important food

The above image is not porridge beans, the recipe is completely different from other Nigerian beans recipes, you cook the beans separately and then make a special kind of stew. You will learn to make this stew the exact way it is made in Yoruba land where I live.

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Here are the basic ingredients, although some other local herbs are used optionally in some cases.

Half cup of dry ground pepper
15cl of palm oil
A cube of maggi or knorr
1 bulb of onions
Ground ginger

Tomatoes are not used in making this special kind of stew, just ground dry pepper and red oil (palm oil), although some people eat the same food with the normal Nigerian Tomato Stew

Here is how to prepare stew for ewa (beans) in the Yoruba land.

Pour the palm oil into a pot and set on fire, allow to heat for about three minutes but don’t allow to bleach. Then add the ground dry peppers and fry for about ten minutes, just keep stirring occasionally for ten minutes.

Then add the onions, ground ginger, a cube of maggi, cook for another five minutes and you are done.
Serve with the beans,


Here is how to make yet another simple Nigerian food (Porridge beans), one of the different Nigerian beans recipes. Porridge beans in Nigeria are often cooked alongside yam or plantain. It could serve both as lunch and dinner.

This particular recipe is very popular in the south and eastern part of Nigeria, the Igbo tribe of Nigeria is very familiar with this recipe so if you want to make porridge beans the exact way an IGBO woman would like to make it, here is your best guide.

Ingredients (for 5 serving)
3 to 4 cups of beans
Red oil (10cl)
About 5 to 10 balls of tomatoes (cut to bits)
2 balls of onions
Vegetable (optional)
Potash (very small, about half baby spoon)(optional)(I don’t use it)
Crayfish (1 cup blend)
Knorr cube (2 cubes) or any spice of choice.
Salt and pepper to taste.

The last time I ate beans and yam was in my village, made by my mum, I think beans and ripe plantain is a better combination, partly because ripe plantain tend to add a natural sweetness and also because kids like it.

Here is how to prepare beans recipe in Nigeria:

Select the beans to remove impurities (sands) then parboil for about 5 to 10 minutes, wash and start cooking with just water.

At this point most people tend to add a little bit of potash to hasten the process but it is highly not advisable. I add about 2 balls of sliced onions at this point (after boiling for about 10 minutes alone.), this has shown to serve the same purpose as potash, although with a slightly slow impact.

Boil until it is soft for consumption or at least 95 percent done, you can check by taking some on your cooking spoon and pressing against the spoon, it takes about one hour or a little more to cook beans if you are doing it the natural way (without potash).

Add the blended crayfish, palm oil, knorr (2 cubes) salt and pepper.

Add a little water if necessary.

Sprinkle the sliced tomatoes/onions and vegetables on the top and cover to cook for 10 to 15 minutes and you have delicious bean porridge.

I like to add tomatoes and vegetable to porridge beans because they are both a good source of vitamins and also serves for decoration purposes.

There are so many other beans recipe in Nigeria,

If you have eaten bread and ewa before please use the comment box below to tell me about it.

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Thank you.
I will try this method for beans-stew.

February 21, 2024
Edeh Amaka

Am really enjoying this site, honestly chy you are really saving many family here i must confess God bless u. By the special grace God, i will buy the book.

April 23, 2017

wow I love all your recipe and promise to get the book by tomorrow God’s willing

February 11, 2016
Eke Harrison

OMG! I love this site. God bless ur efforts

June 24, 2015

I grew up in Nigeria in Yoruba land, living in Oro Agor, Oyi, Okegbala, Isanlu Makatu, and Egbe. We live in the USA now, and I still fix groundnut stew and akara often.

There is one dish I loved but have never seen a recipe for. I do not know the real name of it, but in my area we called these “mye mye,” I think it was made from beans but am not sure. It was a thick consistency and was baked or steamed in a tin can. I know it had palm oil and hot peppers in it.

Do you have any idea what this might be? If so, do you know what the name is and have a recipe for it?

Thank you very much —– adupe!

June 23, 2015
Chidi Anegbu

You are probably talking about moi moi?

June 24, 2015

thank you so much for sharing these beautiful nigerian recipes, we are blessed with your generosity and kindness.
i married an igbo guy but unfortunately we are no longer together, but i do still love him with all my heart as does our baby boy we both created together. he loved my food i made him, which reminded him of his days in Enugu, but my food was not enough to keep him hanging around in our marriage. He remains an Australian Citizen now, with his brother here too. I do not know my outcome with him But I will leave it in Gods mighty hands to deal with.
thank you once again for sharing your recipes here, i have mastered fish pepper soup and egusi soup, and stil practising the others, my pastor whose also nigerian, wants me to learn how to make his favourite soup, apang soup….ive checked out the recipe, sound easy, lots of prepartion involved but yeah yummy though.

June 12, 2015

Thanks for the recipe. I would like to know if I need to add water to the ground pepper before adding it to the palm oil. U do a great job, keep it up!

January 27, 2015

wow it is looking inviting

December 19, 2014

How I wish I live in PH so that I can attend your training classes. I have perfected in how to cook ogbono soup and the special indomine cuisine. Am proud to associate with you.

September 27, 2014
Chidi Anegbu

Thanks Zulaihatu for being a part of the kitchen, welcome.

September 30, 2014

excellent.i have a special love for agege bread and ewa you know how gbegiri and dunkunu are made?

August 27, 2014
Chidi Anegbu

Yap, I have an article here for gbegiri see this page Yoruba Foods

September 3, 2014
Aneta Stella

Good job ma. Your husband must b very proud of u. N ur children of course! *winks* .

April 11, 2014

it’s been so good so far being on dz blog. i will surely make use of dese recipes as soon as i get d ingredients. tnx so much n d source of ur knowledge shall neva run dry. keep it up!

March 14, 2014
Mr Joyce

Thanks for the beans recipes, we eat beans every wednesday in our home and it has pretty much been the same porridge beans for like ever. I am going to try your recipes. I have also purchased your book so I can learn a lot other Nigerian foods. Thanks.

October 19, 2013

ure just awesome. soar on…

July 24, 2013

Thanks alot miss peace,My GOD wil continue to enrich you with knowledge n understanding.

May 7, 2013

I really dont eat beans but with your recipe i think when cooked together it will taste good.i’ll give it a trial

January 12, 2013
linda okin

i love it i wil cook it as soon as i got d ingredient thanks once again, God bless,merry xmas.

December 25, 2012
Mrs Egwuenu

OMG, i love the yam and bean porridge I had while in Nigeria. I had never had it before, and once I did, I was hooked. Now I have to practice cooking it before my husband arrves. I wil have it perfected thanks to you, my dear. Thank you Peace

November 19, 2012
Peace@Nigerian Foods

There are so many other beans recipes but thanks for the recipe I am surely going to try this out

November 12, 2012

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Omg! Chef, I love u so much, God bless d day I came across dis site,u make me wanna eat every time and try all recipes,Have tried d fried rice,mashed chicken porridge,indomie and I am trying d beans 2nyt, U re Jst Awesome,Tnks 4 impacting so much knowledge God bless you, but I still need u 2 teach us how 2 mk friut juice ,nd spagetti bolognese! LOL.