Moimoi is loved by many in Nigeria. A cousin of mine once said that Moimoi is like MTN; it’s everywhere you go. I kind of agree because it’s not only a popular street food, it’s also a party favourite usually served with good old Jollof rice.
Also known as bean pudding, Moimoi is made from grounded beans, pepper, onion, vegetable oil and other ingredients. It is highly nutritious, rich in energy, protein and is easy to digest. No wonder children and adults can’t seem to get enough of it.
Moi moi comes out in different shapes depending on the mold it is poured into before cooking. Banana leaves, small cake pans and plastic bowls are commonly used. Once poured in its mold, it is then placed in a pot filled with little water and then steamed. You have to check constantly to add more water to avoid burning. Moi moi usually takes a little more than an hour to cook.
- Beans (1 cup)
- Red Pepper (7 pieces)
- Onion (1 large size)
- Vegetable oil (100 ml)
- Boiled Egg (2)
- Fresh or Dried Fish (If using fresh fish, boil first)
- Seasoning cube (1)
- Salt to taste.
- Soak the beans for about 5 mins to remove the skin.
- Using your hands, peel the beans, till all the skin comes off.
- If using a blender, soak for another 30 mins before grinding but for best results, use a grinding machine.
- Blend the beans, pepper and onion together till you have a smooth batter.
- Now pour the batter in a large bowl and slice the egg into it.
- Add the fish and vegetable oil, seasoning cube and salt to taste.
- Stir and pour the Moi Moi (but don’t fill to brim) into the mold of your choice. If using cake pans, rub some vegetable oil inside before pouring.
- Place in the pot and steam.
- Serve with Pap or bread.
The great thing about Moimoi is that you can use any filling of your choice- corned beef, chicken, crayfish, fish, meat or eggs. All these can also be combined to make what people call “Moimoi elemimeje” meaning Moimoi with the seven lives.
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