Beans Porridge is a delicacy in Nigeria, it is one of those Nigerian foods that are loved by every Nigerian.
I really like the taste of porridge beans especially when it is made with ripe plantain, I only learned recently to fry the plantain instead of the old way of adding them to the cooking beans. Either of the two ways always turns out delicious.
This is how to prepare beans porridge in Nigeria.
While there are different recipes across the country, this, however, takes the cake.
I fell in love with this recipe as a student in the university, as a student you go for easy to make/cheap foods because we want to spend less money on foods and also spend less time in the kitchen. 😀
This bean recipe could be made with just about six to eight simple Nigerian food ingredients, sounds simple right? I know there are recipes that take close to fifteen different ingredients to prepare.
Over the years I have learned to spice up this recipe with certain unconventional ingredients.
I learned to add a little bit of fresh red pepper/tomato for decoration. I also use fluted pumpkin occasionally.
Here are the ingredients for preparing beans porridge recipe, you can increase/decrease the quantity of each one of them depending on the number of persons you are looking to serve and of course their stomach capacity. The ingredients below would serve six persons.
5 cups of beans
1 cup of Sliced onions
4 ripe plantains
2-3 stock cubes
200ml of palm oil
500ml Ground red tomatoes
Fluted pumpkin (optional)
Ground Red Pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Nigerian beans porridge can turn out differently depending on the method you employ. You will get the exact image that I have below if you follow the steps I have outlined or you can follow the video below if you have a fast internet connection. I learned that most people learn faster by watching videos.
How to Prepare Beans Porridge
Start by picking the beans. Pick to separate sand and impurities from the beans, remove every unwanted material from the beans. That is just the essence of picking the beans. Nigerian beans come mixed with some unwanted materials.
Parboil the picked beans for three to five minutes before following with the rest of the procedures. Just add to boiling water, cook for three to five minutes then wash and set aside in a bowl.
Grind the fresh red tomatoes/pepper and set aside, also slice onions, we need a cup of sliced onions.
Set your cooking pot on heat, add about two to three cups of water, allow to boil before adding the parboiled beans. cook for 40-50 minutes with just onions. I learned that adding onions at the beginning speeds up the cooking process of beans.
Cook the beans for thirty to fifty minutes until it is very soft for consumption. You can check this by pressing the beans against your cooking spoon using your thumb.
Set another pot on heat, add the palm oil and allow to heat for about 4 minutes but don’t allow bleaching, add the ground tomatoes and allow it to fry, should take about 15-20 minutes.
Once the beans are soft enough we proceed to step 3
Add about a cup of water if the water is already dried, add the ground crayfish, stock cube, fried tomatoes/peppers. Add salt and pepper to taste.
At this point you can add sliced ripe plantain in case you like them cooked, you can do this or fry the plantains separately. Cover and cook for another ten minutes, and you are done with the making of my favorite bean’s recipe.
I like it watery, the same way you will find in the video below.
But you can stir it for few seconds and allow it to thicken as it cools off.
How to prepare Beans Porridge | Nigerian Recipe
- 5 cups of beans
- 1 cup of Sliced onions
- 4 ripe plantains
- 2 stock cubes
- 200 ml of palm oil
- 500 ml Ground red tomatoes
- Ground Red Pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
- Pick the beans, precook for 3 minutes. Wash and set aside in a bowl.
- Fry the ground tomato/pepper in a frying pan: Set a frying pan on the heat, allow [our in the palm oil, allow to heat for 3 minutes then pour in the ground tomato/peppers. fry for 10-15 minutes until it dries.
- Cook the beans until it becomes soft: Just boil 6 cups of water in a pot, add the beans, spray the onions on top and cook for 40-50 minutes until it becomes soft.
- Once the beans is soft, add the ground crayfish, 2 stock cubes, fried tomatoes/peppers.
- Add salt to taste.
- Cover and cook for another ten minutes and you are done with preparing beans porridge.
- Stir and serve.
- You can serve hot or give it a few minutes to cool and thicken.
Above is the video for another one of my porridge beans recipes, it is easily my favorite dinner recipe and can also be served alongside plantain and other Nigerian foods like jollof rice.
There are other foods related to beans porridge like Moi Moi.
I tried the Ghanaian version of Porridge beans and plantain, and I will stick with it. – Ghanian Red Red Recipe
Ewa Agoyin is also a beans recipe