Porridge Beans Recipe

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. 😀

Porridge beans

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

Serving: 6

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

Step 1
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.
beans seed
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.
Making beans porridge

Step 2
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.
cooking 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.

Step 3
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

Step 4
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.
How to make porridge

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.

Porridge beans

How to prepare Beans Porridge | Nigerian Recipe

Chef Chidi
Beans porridge is considered a delicacy in Nigeria and loved by almost every Nigerian. while different recipes exist across different Nigerian ethnic groups
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 6 People
Calories 678 kcal


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  • 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.


Keyword Beans porridge, Nigerian beans recipe, Nigerian Foods

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



Thanks for the recipe, i have tried it its
wonderful. You are Amazing

November 4, 2019

Tanks A Lot I Will Cook Beans And Plantain Porridge Witout Tomatoes

June 27, 2019
Johnson Abuchi

I so much love ur blog. Keep it up with ur good work dear.
There’s a recipe that u did not include. And that is Rice & Beans recipe. Tanx

November 27, 2017

i need to have any of your pooks that contains english sauce

July 15, 2016
onuorah Marcel

sir i am very grateful because you have nurtured me to be a wonderful cook so far. May God continue to enlighten you. Remain bless, Your porridge beans is the best.

May 23, 2016

Hmmm!, mouth watering beans and fried plantain u have there. God bless and continue to bless and strengthen u. My children love this blog tanx.

April 12, 2016

Spread some salt on the beans when its about to get done,it wll give it a super taste when u’re done cooking…and don’t worry,ur beans will get done

January 12, 2016

Hello, I cooked the yam porridge today and it was delicious. Thankls

January 5, 2016

This is such a delicious way to make beans tried it yesterday n I couldn’t get enough! Thank you for sharing please more recipes on how to make beans taste more delightful

September 22, 2015

Thanks for the recipe, i have tried it its wonderful. You are Amazing

September 16, 2015
Mercy K

Hi Chidi! this is another interesting method on how to prepare beans in a delicious way you have taught me,although i had not marry but ur recipes and method had already made me a house wife.The more you teach d more knowledgable you are,God bless you

June 9, 2015

Nice one. Thanks for sharing with us. U are indeed doing something nice

May 6, 2015
Amina Usman

I love dat combination

March 29, 2015

i love beans porridge. Have u tried it with Ginger? or tried it with scent leaf? or used opeyi to cook beans or even potatoes. These are different ways u can spice ur beans porridge up.Enjoy

March 2, 2015
Chidi Anegbu

ok, thanks for commenting, I may have to try that soon.

March 3, 2015

Wow that is lovely. I luv it. I luv beans. But my question is: what type and colour of beans did u use. Also how can u prepare beans porridge for someone with ulcer

November 18, 2014
Chidi Anegbu

Thanks for your comment, usually, people with ulcer avoid beans completely.

November 20, 2014

Thanks for the recipe. pls I want to ask, if u are using fried
plantain do u need to add it in the beans while cooking or after cooking.
secondly, if you parboil the beans before cooking doesn’t it remove the
nutritional value of the beans?

November 6, 2014
Chidi Anegbu

Precious. You are parboiling the beans for just about 3-5 minutes, that wouldn’t definitely reduce its nutritional value. secondly, you don’t add fried plantain while the beans is cooking. You serve with fried plantain, except you don’t want to fry the plantain then you can slice them and add just 10 minutes before you turn off the heat, thanks for asking, Chidi

November 7, 2014

thanks for the recipe, my children hate taking beans,but with the introduction of adding plantain to the beans while cooking has changed their feelings, also the parboiling of the beans , to remove the water that can cause indigestion is also good.

October 27, 2014

thumbs up…God bless u…

September 30, 2014

sister Chidi may Almighty God brighten our vision in Jesus name Amen

September 4, 2014

thx Chi, i will try it out.

June 10, 2014

I also love d beans and maccarroni porridge. Just innovatingly tried it 4 my family. My husband loved it.

June 9, 2014


April 1, 2014
Mrs Esther

wow! this is wonderful. Thank You.

March 12, 2014
Essor U.M

I love bean porridge . Also u can try it wt cooked yam and stew mmmm delicious

January 30, 2014

Hi Chidi, which types of bean that’s more nutritious? is it white or brown bean? at time i feel confuse from the two. Thanks for enlighten lecture to many Nigerian’s home.

November 27, 2013

Thanks for this recipe, I love it.

November 26, 2013

Thank you for this recipe, beans is one of my favorite foods, my best beans recipe is a combination of beans and ripe plantain, it would be great if you also add biscuit bone. I also like beans and tomato stew plus fried plantain. Thanks for your generosity

August 22, 2013

Hey lady B, you can try a meal of beans and tomato stew. I like it better.

July 15, 2013
Lady B

Thanks for the recipe. I like porridge beans too but it tends to look better when the water is completely dried. Please where do I find other recipes for beans?

July 15, 2013

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