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Ewa Agoyin Recipe | Agoyin Sauce Recipe

Agoyin beans and agoyin sauce

Ewa aganyin or ewa agoyin is a very popular beans dish cooked and served with a special pepper sauce called Agoyin sauce. It derives its name from two separate words; Ewa is a Yoruba word for beans while Agoyin is the name the togolese women who sell the beans dish are called in Nigeria.

Agoyin sauce is a dark coloured Pepper sauce fried with palm oil,peppers and onions for a long time to achieve it’s dark look and unique taste.

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8 dried bell pepper (tatashe)

A handful of dried chilli pepper (ata gbigbe)

4 medium sized onions

0.25L bleached palm oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon seasoning powder

Note: tomatoes are not used for this sauce.


400g honey beans (oloyin beans)

2 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspon salt

Nigerian beans comes with some stones and dirt. So before cooking, the dirt and stones must be removed usually by hand picking them and the beans must be washed in clean water.

Let’s start with Agoyin sauce preparations

  • Pour dried tatashe also called bell pepper into a bowl
  • Add dried pepper
  • Pour hot water and cover till the peppers for 30 minutes till it softens ( you can use room temperature water if you can afford to soak the peppers overnight).


  • Pour about 4 cups of water into a pot
  • Add the cleaned oloyin beans
  • Stir well and cook for 20 minutes
  • After 20 minutes, add sugar
  • Add salt
  • Cook for 20 – 30 minutes
  • When the bean is soft enough, mash the beans with a spatula, masher or electric mixer.


  • Drain the softened pepper i.e remove the water used to soak them
  • Put the peppers into a blender
  • Peel 3 meduim sized oinions and add it to the peppers in the blender
  • Add some clean water and blend
  • Add 0.25L bleached palm oil into a frying pan
  • Heat up briefly
  • Add diced onions
  • Fry till is golden brown
  • Add the blended peppers
  • Fry for 20 minutes on low heat while continuously mixing to avoid burning
  • Add salt and seasoning
  • Continue frying for about 15 – 20 minutes on low heat while mixing to avoid burning
  • Agoyin sauce


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