Moi Moi is one of those meals that is eaten in all almost Nigerian homes. It is a nutritious dish that is made from ground beans and other healthy ingredients. There are a variety of ways to make Nigerian Moi Moi.
Some people make theirs with fish, egg, chicken and even an assortment of meat. When combined with pap, it is the perfect meal for this cold, rainy weather.
Moi Moi is quite easy to prepare and on average, it takes about an hour to get ready. However, there are some steps you need to take the day before if you decide to make your own Moi Moi from scratch.
Some vendors, seeing the need for it in the market, have ground beans powder in their stores and this can help hasten the preparation of Moi Moi. Some veteran cooks claim that using ground beans flour does not taste as delicious as original bean seeds.
Things You Will Need
- 750g of Brown Beans
- Palm oil
- 6 Tablespoons of ground crayfish
- Seasoning of choice (4 large cubes or 8 small ones)
- 2 Large onions
- 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
- 2 liters of warm water
- Tatashe pepper
- Yellow pepper
- Moi Moi leaf, nylon or small tins
- Soak your beans overnight if you can afford to or for three hours. This would help the beans to soften and make the coats come off easily.
- Remove all the coats and when you are sure that it is only the white part that’s left, put the beans in a large bowl and cover it with cool water. Leave to soak for three more hours.
- Crush your seasoning cubes in warm water.
- If you are using egg, fish or any type of meat, cook them properly and keep aside.
- Wash and slice your pepper and onions and grind your crayfish if it is not ground already. Some people like to see crayfish in their Moin Moin, if you are one of them, you can leave a few pieces but make sure you remove the sharp parts of the crayfish.
- Check if the beans are tender enough by pinching it. If it feels soft in your fingers, then it is time to blend it.
- If you can afford to, blend your beans at home because some local meals blend a variety of ingredients. You don’t want your Moin Moin to taste of Ogbono or Egusi, do you?
- Blend the Moi Moi with the peppers and onions until you cannot feel any lumps in it. The consistency and texture of your Moi Moi mix are very important to how it will look and taste when it is ready.
- Once you are done blending, add in your nutmeg, the crushed seasoning cubes, crayfish, and palm oil.
- Add your meat and fish, if you are using them.
- Add salt to taste and stir very well with a big wooden spoon.
- Pour about 1 inch of water in a big pot and pad it with a rice sack or Moin Moin leaves.
- Put your Moin Moin in your container of choice. If you’re adding egg, unshell them and put one egg or half per container.
- Cook your Moi Moi for at least one hour and check it periodically by using a metal utensil to see if it is ready.
- When it is ready, bring it down gently for the cooker, open the pot to let out the steam and leave the Moi Moi to cool
- Serve alone, or with salad at the side, or serve as a side dish with rice.
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