Moin Moin is a traditional Nigerian meal made from beans, onions, peppers, spices, and other ingredients. It is delicious, easy to make, and inexpensive.
It is often served as lunch or dinner, and we reheat the leftover in the morning and use it as a side paired with pap or custard.
- 1½ Cups dry beans Black eyed Peas or Brown Beans-”Ewa Oloyin”
- 1 Red Bell pepper/Tatashe Medium size
- 1 Habanero/scotch Bonnet/Rodo
- ¾ Cup Diced onion
- 2 Tablespoons Crayfish
- ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 Bullion Cubes
- ¾ Cup cooked minced Fish
- 3 Hard boiled Eggs
- Salt to taste
- Soak the beans for approximately 15 minutes, considering the level of dryness. Drier beans require less soaking time for easier peeling compared to less dried beans.
- Transfer the soaked beans into a blender and add twice as much water as the beans by volume. Blend the beans for 3-4 seconds at a time, repeating this process 3 to 4 times. Remember, the goal is to peel the beans, not fully blend them.
- Pour the blended beans into a large bowl and add enough water to completely cover them. Agitate the beans with your fingers; the skin will float, making it easy to separate the skin from the beans by pouring the mixture through a sieve.
- Once peeled, place the skinless beans back into the blender along with the red pepper, habanero, and onion. Blend until you achieve the smoothest consistency possible.
- Combine the blended mixture with all the remaining ingredients, excluding the boiled eggs.
- Prepare the container you will be using by spraying or brushing it with oil. Pour the mixture into the container and place the boiled eggs on top. Cover the container with a lid or seal it with foil paper.
- Line the base of a large pot with foil paper, sticks, or leaves to prevent the moin moin from sticking. Add enough water to the pot, making sure not to submerge the moin moin bowls completely.
- Arrange the moin moin inside the pot and cook until done, which usually takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the quantity in each container.
- To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the middle of the moin moin; it should come out fairly clean and not wet.
- Remove the pot from the heat, and your delicious moin moin is ready to be served. Enjoy!