What is Eba

Sometimes, the most simple things are the most complex. If you are a Nigerian and someone asks you “what is eba” you would be like; what, are you kidding me”. Well, while you know the answer to that question, so many other persons from outside Nigeria are still trying to grasp the nitty-gritty of Nigerian cooking.

I get questions like this every day and it doesn’t amaze me.

What is an eba?

What is eba made of?

What is garri made of?

Well, I am going to give you a detailed break down via this article and even show you how to prepare eba (garri). If you are new to Nigerian cooking, I can understand exactly where you are now. I have a cookbook at Amazon, it should be available from January 2017 “Beginner’s Guide to Nigerian Cooking”, it is very cheap and you can get it for a quick start to Nigerian cooking.

Eba is a Nigerian staple food eaten all over the country and beyond. It is made from fried grated cassava (manioc) flour, commonly called as garri.

Garri (eba) is a by-product of cassava. It goes through a lot of processes before it finally becomes garri. But you don’t need to bother yourself with all of those. We all buy garri from the grocery stores and make eba out of them in just five minutes.

Most of the soups you would learn to prepare from this blog are not usually served alone in Nigeria. They are served alongside “swallows” – as we call them in Nigeria. There are just about ten of them and eba is the most popular.

This article shows you how to make eba. It usually takes less than 10 minutes.

What You Need:
4 cups of Garri (white or yellow)
wooden turner
Hot water.

Serving: 4

Buy either the white or yellow garri and you are good to go.

How to make Eba

Boil water and pour into a bowl.
Making eba

Sprinkle the garri into the boiled water. pour out excess water and turn properly. You can add more garri if it is too soft or water if it is very hard. You can serve with any soup.


You should be able to mould it in small portions, dip into your delicious soup. Eba is served with any one of the popular Nigerian soup. I think it is the most popular Nigerian swallow.

That is how I prepare (garri), tell me how you prepare your own using the comment form below. I hear some just pour boiled water over the garri. Is that what you do? Tell me via the comment form below.

You can also learn about pounded yam, they serve the same purpose.

Below is a plate of eba and okro soup.
Okro Soup

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  1. Jiji  January 28, 2018

    Wow, Thanks I have always wanted to learn how to make eba, this is perfect for me.

  2. Ella  July 4, 2018

    Tnx for the help its surprising uar a man though i appreciate ur rear talent of cooking

    • Sheree  December 29, 2018

      The author of this food blog is Chy Anegbu..and the picture dipicts a female.