Moin moin is one of the many western Nigerian dishes prepared mainly with beans. It is tasty, nutritious and has a lovely aroma. Moin moin is mostly served at parties along with jollof rice or at home with pap or custard. This meal is high in protein and low in fat, therefore, it is suitable for pregnant women, nursing mothers, children and aged people.There are various ways of packaging moin moin. Some people cook theirs in large green leaves called uma leaves, others prefer plastic bags or aluminum containers. Moin moin is a very healthy meal and yes, it is guilt-free! That means, you don’t have to worry about excessive fat accumulation as it is low in fat.
- Large tatashe peppers.
- Bell peppers, also known as ata rodo.
- Crayfish/ Boiled fish.
- Vegetable oil.
- Corned beef.
- Hard boiled eggs.
- Seasoning cubes.
- Uma leaves/ Aluminum containers/ Plastic bags.
- Soak the required quantity of beans in water to remove its coat. Wash off the coat and soak again for about an hour. This is to allow the beans becomes soft for easy blending.
- Wash the tatashe pepper and bell pepper, onions and crayfish thoroughly.
- Now that the beans is soft, grind it together with the pepper, onions and crayfish with water. Add a considerable amount of water so as not to get watery moin moin as the end result. It is advisable to grind with the grinding mills available at any local market.
- When smooth without any residues, add the vegetable oil and corned beef.
- Also add the seasoning cubes and salt to taste. Be sure to put the right quantity of seasoning, once you start cooking moin moin, there’s no way to add extra ingredients. Stir thoroughly.
- Pour the mixture into the uma leaves/ aluminum containers/ plastic bags and add your hard boiled eggs and boiled fish to each container.
- Add some water to the already laid pot and set the moin moin containers carefully.
- Leave to cook for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. To know if it is ready, poke a fork into the moin moin. If the fork is stained with a paste, it is not ready.
Serve with jollof rice, pap or custard. It can also be eaten as a dish on its own. And that is how to make moin moin! Bon appetite!
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