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A Sunday favorite of many Nigerians for breakfast. Boiled yam with fried eggs and stew. We eat everything with stew it seems. Stew and goat meat.

A Sunday favorite of many Nigerians for breakfast. Boiled yam with fried eggs and stew. We eat everything with stew it seems. Stew and goat meat.

Nigerian cuisine is excellent. Very hearty and full of carbohydrates and meat. We really don’t believe in all the fad diets that seem to be so prevalent in first world countries. In fact, one should realise that for most people, it is a fortunate thing to be able to afford three square meals a day.

A diet is usually accidental because the wages are so low, it becomes impossible to eat well. It’s really a first world problem to have so much waste and choice. There are three major tribes in Nigeria. The Yorubas are in the South. The two other major tribes are Igbo in the East, and Hausa in the North. They have their own different food and ingredients that l am not familiar with, and for the purposes of this post, I will focus on the food of the Yorubas as that is my tribe.

African Food : Nigerian Food

You will find a lot of similarities between countries in Africa. The climate tends to be the same which therefore means the same staples grow. What differs is usually how the food is prepared and the spices employed in the African recipes.

Another common bond is pepper. I’m not sure why we don’t consider something edible until it is so spicy, you cry as you eat. I know in Nigeria, a lot of men eat with a cold towel on their head to cool off from eating insanely spicy food. It is also common to hear the oohs aahs as they try to catch their breath. Insane.

Dodo !!! (Plantain) on a plate, a favorite Nigerian food

Dodo !!! The bestest food in the whole wide world… :-) . This is fried plantain..the stuff that looks like the big bananas. I love them best when it is very ripe and sweet. That was my nickname growing up. Apparently it was the only thing that could appease me then. Nothing has changed :-) .

Nigerian Dishes: The best and local Yoruba food favourites

  • Iyan
  • Eba
  • Amala
  • Rice
  • Bread Agege
  • Moin Moin
  • Yam
  • Meat Pie

The Nigerian food culture is starch, starch and more starch.Here are some of the most favourite Nigerian dishes of locals, for lunch, dinner and our breakfast staple. African dishes like these will be served at both restaurants and on the street. Most people eat street food and restaurant eating is

Nigerian Cuisine:

Iyan and Obe: (Obe ati ‘Yan)

In the good old days, Iyan (Yam) was pounded in an authentic wooden container mortar and pestle called Odo. It is a very labor intensive process as the yam has to be broken down and pounded until it has a consistency similar to the one below, something that can take an hour!

women pounding yam

A firm favorite of Nigerian cuisine is Iyan. You can see how much work goes into the preparation of pounded yam, but nothing beats the taste. Image source.

The end result is absolutely delicious and is a staple of Nigerian food. It is also a street food that one can get at stall on the side of the road. If you’re lucky enough to eat Iyan, you should.

My favorite nigerian foods in Nigerian cuisine post

This is Iyan (pounded yam) and pounded by hand too, and Obe (stew) with Okra. Iyan is my favorite of the starchy group. It almost has a sweet taste, I really miss eating it.

 

This is what it looks like when mixed up. You eat it with your hands. There is nothing like getting a mound of iyan rolled up nice and scooping up the stew with it - down the hatch :-)

Africa cuisine at its best. The best stew in my opinion for all the mains is the okra based stew. This is what it looks like when mixed up. You eat it with your hands. There is nothing like getting a mound of iyan rolled up nice and scooping up the stew with it – down the hatch :-). This is obe ati ila (stew and okra).

Moin-Moin is a staple of Nigerian Cuisine

Moin moin is a kind of bean pudding. Black eyed peas are soaked, peeled and cooked in a mixture of onions, and peppers. This mixture is folded into leaves and steam cooked (you can also add sardines, boiled eggs etc) into your mixture. It goes on to form a solid protein rich meal that can be eaten alone, with bread, custard, rice or whatever your heart desires.

My favorite Nigerian meals

This is moin moin. It is made from beans . Lots of goodies like eggs, meat, pretty much anything you fancy can be added inside to give it a unique taste. It is usually a little spicy .

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My favorite nigerian meals food

Another delicious meal of our Nigerian cuisine. This is the moin moin unwrapped. The liquid mixture is wrapped in the leaves and steamed in a pot till it solidifies. It is so good. I accompanied this with yellow custard, but my favorite way is with gari, which is cassava ground up. You add cold water , a bit of sugar and some peanuts for an extra crunch. It is perfect with moin moin.

Bread:

Agege Bread: This is another staple for all Nigerians. The bread is a sweet, soft, chewy and extremely delicious bread. I am positive it’s not great for you, but l don’t care. It is perfect with butter, eggs, and other foods like a moin moin sandwich. There is no bad way to eat Agege bread. It is something l miss with a passion.

 

This is bread Ibeji, which means twins. You can see how it got its name. 2 delicious halves that make a whole heavenly piece. I don't think there is a Nigerian who doesn't pine for this . Soft, delicious..perfect with butter. It is like no other. Trust me! :-) . There is a similar Agege bread that is as good . I could eat the whole thing by myself

This is bread Ibeji, which means twins. You can see how it got its name. 2 delicious halves that make a whole heavenly piece. I don’t think there is a Nigerian who doesn’t pine for this . Soft, delicious..perfect with butter. It is like no other. Trust me! :-) . There is a similar Agege bread that is as good . I could eat the whole thing by myself.

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My favorite with bread, or yam..or anything for that matter. Fried eggs and corn beef, with a little stew so it's not so dry.

Nigerian cuisine that is popular with all tribes: My favorite Nigerian food with bread, or yam..or anything for that matter. Fried eggs and corn beef, with a little stew so it’s not so dry.

Eba:

Eba image

Another local favorite of Nigerian cuisine. Eba is fried and grated cassava flour that is called Gari. Gari itself is perfect as a dish combined with moin moin or just peanuts. The gari is blended by hand over a hot stove with boiling water to  a solid state free of “konko” (clumps). Once again, it is eaten with all sorts of stew.

Meat Pie:

This is technically a Nigerian snack, but a lot of people eat it as a meal. Similar to ones in Jamaica and other countries, a meat pie is a pastry filled with minced meat, potatoes, peas and spices and baked to a golden colour. It is hearty and delicious and makes a perfectly fine meal.

My favorite nigerian meals

My favorite snack. Meat pie. Usually it has a different shape, like the moon. I almost didn’t want to eat this because it seems flakier than the normal. It was good though. 9/10 instead of the full 10, but my brother refused to get me the traditional,one just because he would be stuck in traffic for hours! The twat!!! ;-) .

Amala:

Amala is a top Nigerian food that is made with yam or cassava flour. When yam which is originally white in colour is dried, it takes on a brown colour. The flour called Elubo is then blended over a hot stove in boiling water to form the amala. Amala is served with a stew, anything from ila (leaves), to okra, to egusi (melon seed).

This is Amala, stew and okra of course.

Classic food and probably most peoples favorite Nigerian meal. This is Amala, stew and okra of course. I hated it with a passion growing up..like terribly, but it is a favorite for my sisters and brothers . I decided to give it another go on this visit, and now l could kick myself. It is freaking delicious! I mean absofreakinglutely! The water is to wash your hands.

Jollof Rice:

You will find jollof at any Nigerian celebration, from birthdays to weddings to funerals. This is plain white rice in a rich red stew base and mixed with different condiments like fish, carrots, boiled eggs and whatever you like. There is a fisherman jollof rice that is similar to Spanish paella in that it has seafood in it.

There is plain jollof, like in the below image, and another favourite of mine, coconut jollof rice. You just can’t go wrong.  It is not only popular in Nigeria, but in other West African countries and each country of course thinks they have the best jollof. It is served either alone, or with plantain, meat, veggies etc..

If l had to pick my ultimate favorite meal, like last meal on earth kind of thing. It would be simple jollof rice, plenty of plantain..and goat or chicken, or beef.. Jollof rice can be different colors as people experiment with additions, including little pieces of liver, peas, carrots etc...but l like simple. The original and the best :-) .

If l had to pick my ultimate favorite meal, like last meal on earth kind of thing. It would be simple jollof rice, plenty of plantain..and goat or chicken, or beef.. Jollof rice can be different colors as people experiment with additions, including little pieces of liver, peas, carrots etc…but l like simple. The original and the best :-) .

Yam:

The very same yam that is used to make all these Nigerian dishes is also awesome on its own. Simply sliced and boiled yam with a little bit of salt and you can pair with plain stew or fried egg as in the top image. This can also be eaten for breakfast.

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A favorite Sunday breakfast for Nigerians.

A favorite Sunday breakfast for Nigerians.

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What do you think of these Nigerian meals and dishes ? Does anything strike you as appetizing? Would you be willing to try them or have you had a chance to try any? It would be nice to hear your thoughts.