This is an easy moi moi recipe you should try if you are interested in Nigerian dishes and how to prepare them.
Depending on how the name is pronounced, some people call it moi moi and other people call it moin moin. For this post, I will be using moi moi only.
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What is moi moi?
Moi moi is a traditional Yoruba food that is made with beans. This dish is a steamed beans dish that is typically steamed in special leaves called moi moi leaves.
Many people shy away from cooking moi moi the traditional way i.e. with moi moi leaves.
This is because the use of moi moi leaves require a certain level of expertise.
As a result, most people prefer to use other alternatives to cook this steamed dish which is the use of pudding bowls or moi moi pouch.
However, when you achieve a mastery of the use of moi moi leaves you would realise it is quiet easier than you thought.
In this video you can watch how to easily wrap your moi moi leaves like a PRO.
Moi Moi Ingredients
- 250g beans flour
- 2 tins of sardines
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon seasoning powder or 2 seasoning cubes
- 3 eggs
- 3 medium size onions
- 7 cayenne peppers
- 4 cups water
- moi moi leaves
As you can see in the ingredients stated above, raw Nigerian beans is replaced with beans flour.
The use of beans flour would save at least 20-30 minutes of preparation time that you would have used to soak the beans and peel of the skin before blending.
You can read more on how to make beans flour here
Now I will dive into how to make moi moi with beans flour. You can also shop for your beans flour here
How to make moi moi
- Put raw eggs in a pot of water
- Boil for 20 minutes to make hard boiled eggs
- While the eggs are boiling, pour 1/2 cup of salt into a big bowl of water
- Mix well till salt dissolves in water
- Put all the moi moi leaves into the salty water
- Clean the leaves properly with the salty water to remove germs and dirt
- While cleaning break the hard stick in the middle of the leaves
- Do this for all the leaves
- Dispose the water after cleaning
- Put the cleaned leaves in to another big bowl of water for the second batch of cleaning
- Clean the leaves as many times as possible till the water becomes clear
- Set cleaned leaves aside
- Peel the shell of the boiled eggs
- Slice the eggs and set aside
- Open the sardines and drain the oil into a separate bowl
- Pour the sardines into another bowl
- Clean the cayenne peppers and peel and slice the onions
- Get your blender
- Pour the peppers and onions into your blender
- Add water, sardine oil, salt, seasoning powder and beans flour
- Blend till smooth
- Pour the blended beans paste into a bowl
- Put the egg slices into the beans paste.
- Wrap your moi moi leaves and make a cone in the middle
- Scoop the beans paste into the cone
- Add as many sardines as you want
- Close the leaf and set on your steaming rack
- Do this until all the beans paste have been exhausted
- Place a bag over the wrapped moi moi leaves to keep the heat in a help the moi moi cook fast
- Set your cooker to high heat
- Fill your pot with water
- Place the steaming rack on the pot
- Cook for 30 minutes on high heat
Moi moi is ready to be enjoyed alone or with other foods.
Unwrap the leaves to reveal cooked moi moi ready to be enjoyed alone or combined with other foods.
Moi Moi food combinations
Here are some food you can combine or eat your moi moi with to have a filling and satisfying food experience.
- Moi moi and Eko or Agidi
- Moi moi and bread
- Moi moi and tapioca
- Moi moi can be combined with most Nigerian rice dishes such as Jollof Rice, White rice and stew, fried rice, Coconut Rice and many more
- Moi moi and custard
- Moi moi and Pap
In summary, Moi moi is a deliciously healthy dish that you should try.
As stated Earlier, How to wrap moi moi leaves can be best understood when you watch this comprehensive video on YouTube.
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