Monday, September 19, 2016

Adalu (Nigerian Beans and Corn Porridge )

Beans and corn Porridge Adalu/Ewa ati Agbado
Adalu/Ewa ati Agbado (Beans and corn Porridge)


Adalu (Nigerian Beans and corn Porridge) is a delicious traditional Nigerian food, also known as ''Ewa ati Agbado''(yoruba) and ''agwa na oka''(igbo).
  It is a great way to combine beans and corn together. In this way, you get the best of both foods in a single meal.
 If you are not a fan of beans , this  recipe will make you an instant beans lover ☺.
 Here's an easy Beans and corn Porridge recipe. Enjoy!

                

Ingredients for Adalu/Beans and corn Porridge:

-300 g red beans /black eyed beans/brown beans
-250 g sweet corn(either canned or raw from the cob)
-1 medium onion bulb, chopped
-2 tablespoonful ground crayfish
-2 cooking spoonful red palm oil/red stew oil
-1 stock cube
-Pepper to taste
-Salt to taste
 
 Preparation:
Before cooking :
**To cut down on cooking time and reduce ''gases'', you can soak the beans overnight or for 3 hours. Rinse off and set aside.
If you are short of time, alternatively , you can use a pressure cooker or  make use of Akaun(edible potash) or baking soda, to soften the beans as it boils)
**If you are using canned sweet corn, strain out the liquid, rinse(if you like) and pour into a sieve and set aside.
**If you are using fresh raw corn from the cob, remove from cob,wash well and set aside

To cook the Adalu/Beans and corn Porridge

1. Pour the beans into a pot, add enough water and leave to cook until for about 45 minutes or until tender.
Tip: alternatively , you can use a pressure cooker or  make use of  1 teaspoonful Akaun(edible potash) or baking soda, to soften the beans as it boils.

2. When the beans is tender, add the sweet corn , crayfish, pepper and stock cube, mix well and leave to cook for 10 minutes.
(if you are using raw corn, add it to the pot at the same time as the beans,because it also takes a long time to cook)

3. After 10 minutes, stir well and add the palm oil and salt to taste. Leave to simmer for 10 more minutes and your Adalu/Beans and corn Porridge is ready.

Adalu/Beans and corn Porridge can be eaten on its own or topped with Nigerian Fish Stew or Stir-fried greens.

Food For Thought: Do you know that cooked sweet corn increases the level of ferulic acid in our bodies , which helps us to prevent cancers?
 Well, now you know :) , Enjoy your meal.
Beans and corn Porridge(Adalu) with Stir-fried Green Veggies(click image  for veggie recipe)
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ekuru : How to Make Ekuru (white moi moi)


Ekuru : How to Make Ekuru (white moi moi)
Ekuru served with Obe ata dindin


   Ekuru is a meal, native to the Yorubas in Nigeria. I actually call it ''Nigerian style Kenkey'', due to its slightly sour taste .
   It is prepared with peeled beans, just as moi moi, but contains little or no additional ingredients; just imagine white moi moi

Ekuru is usually served with obe ata or mashed with eko and enjoyed with any sauce of choice.

If you are a vegan or on  a weight loss journey and looking for a new and filling protein meal to try out, this might just be what you need .


You'll need:
- 1 cup peeled beans(see how to peel beans in less than 5 minutes)
- Water(as needed to grind the beans and make a paste)
- 2 pinches of ground Potash(Akaun/kaun)(optional)
- Salt(optional) ( I think a little salt will make it tasty for anyone new to this meal, just my opinion)
Tip: if you can't find ground Potash(Akaun/kaun), you can use of baking soda as a substitute.

Preparation:

1. If you haven't done this yet , wash and peel  the beans (see how to peel beans in a blender)

2. Place the peeled beans in a blender, add a little water and blend until really smooth

3. Pour the blended mix into a wide bowl and add a little water. If you are making use of salt and potash(akaun), add it to the smooth paste and stir vigorously for 5 to 10 minutes until fluffy.
Tip: I was told that potash makes the paste fluffier and also makes the cooking process shorter, but you can leave it out if you want to.

4.  Now, scoop up the paste and pour into uma leaves or your container of choice. Place in a steamer or pot of hot water and steam for 30 minutes or until it solidifies, just like you do with moi moi.

5 . Leave to cool a bit and serve as you like. Preferably withobe ata.
 Enjoy :)


Thanks for your comments :)
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Nigerian Beans and Plantain Porridge

Nigerian Beans, Nigerian Plantain Porridge, Nigerian beans porridge
Nigerian Beans and Plantain Porridge

 Nigerian Beans and plantain porridge is a meal made up of ripe plantains and beans. This is tasty dish and has become popular over the years , as most parents have discovered it as a way of getting their kids to eat beans. The addition of the ripe plantains, gives the meal , that sweet taste that kids love so much. Adults also find it palatable...here's an easy recipe for you.


Nigerian Beans & Plantain Porridge Ingredients
250 gr Beans (brown or black eyed beans)
1 Ripe plantains(peeled and cut into chunks)
1 onion bulb (sliced)
2 tablespoonful ground crayfish
1 stock cube  

1 cooking -spoonful Red palm oil/stew oil
Pepper&Salt to taste


Nigerian Beans & Plantain Porridge Cooking Directions:

1a. First , soak the beans in cold water for about 3 hours or overnight. Discard the water, rinse the beans and strain in a colander or strainer.

Tip: if you want this meal in a jiffy,skip the soaking and cook the beans with 1/5 teaspoon baking soda.

1b. Cut the plantains, peel of the skin, cut into chunks and set aside.

1c. Grind the crayfish,Chop the onions and pepper and set aside.

2. Place the strained beans into a pot or pressure cooker , pour in some water, enough to cover the beans(an inch over the beans level). Then leave to cook until tender, but not too soft.You might need to add more water, but be careful not to add to much , to avoid having a watery porridge.

3. Now add the onions and peeled plantains to the pot. Cook until the plantains are tender.

4. Add the crayfish, stock cubes, palm oil , salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly and leave to simmer for  8 to 10 minutes on low heat.

And your Beans and Plantain Porridge is ready. You can eat it as it is or topped with tomato stew, or simply serve with bread.



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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nigerian Pancake Recipe: How to Make Nigerian Pancake

How to Make Nigerian Pancake ,Nigerian Pancake
Nigerian Pancake with homemade raisin syrup&cream cheese


Nigerian Pancake is quite different from the regular pancake. The ingredients consist of sugar, pepper and onion, which gives the pancake a sweet, slightly spicy and savory taste, that will keep you asking for more.
     During my varsity years,there was a ''kitchen debate'' among my flat mates on whether or not, onions and pepperswere required in Pancakes;the first group would only use peppers in theirs', while the other  group won't have pancakes without onions; at the end it was finally concluded that these two ingredients (when added to your taste) are what really gives the Nigerian Pancake it's distinct taste. 
  I always use both and my pancakes come out irresistible; you should try it out. Here's an easy recipe, you'll surely love. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Nigerian Pancake
Nigerian Pancake ingredients

- 125 gr Plain Flour
- 2 raw Eggs
- 200ml whole milk OR 120ml evaporated milk OR 3tablesponful powdered milk
- 100ml Water (more or less)
- 2 tablespoonful Butter/margarine (melted) or vegetable oil
- 4 tablespoonful Sugar(more or less)
- Chilli pepper or Scotch bonnet(atarodo)  (to taste)
- 1 tablespoonful Onions (minced)(to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- A pinch of Nutmeg(optional)
- 1-2 tablespoonful vegetable oil (for greasing the pan)

* If you're using evaporated milk, you'll need about 200 ml water, if you're using powdered milk, dissolve in 300ml water.
*To mince the onion, you can pound it OR grate whole onions with the small sides of the grater or blend until smooth in a dry mill/blender.
* Baking powder is not necessary in Nigerian pancake but if you want to add it for more fluff, then go ahead and add 1 tablespoonful of baking powder.

 **Watch How to Make Nigerian Pancake in video below***


Preparation
* Break the eggs into a wide bowl, add the melted butter and sugar; Cream(mix) together using a whisk or wooden spatula.

* Add the minced onions, pepper, salt, nutmeg and the milk. Whisk Thoroughly.

* Gradually add the flour and keep on whisking. The mixture would begin to thicken and look lumpy.

* Then,gradually add the water and continue stirring until the pancake batter is smooth with a runny consistency.
How to prepare Nigerian Pancake

Tip: The lighter you make the batter, the thinner the pancakes will turn out.

* Place a little oil on a pan (preferable a non-stick pan), spread the oil with a brush to grease the whole surface and heat up until hot.

* Using a ladle(soup spoon), scoop up some of the pancake batter and pour into the hot pan.
  Gently tilt the pan, so that the batter can evenly coat the surface of the pan.

* Cook one side of the Pancake for 30 seconds, then flip over and cook the other side.
 Tip : if you are in a hurry , use an electric whisk or pour all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. 
how to prepare Nigerian Pancake
   Repeat this process for the remaining pancake batter.Serve and Enjoy!   
Nigerian Pancake Recipe: How to Make Nigerian Pancake

Nigerian Pancake is usually served as a snack with a chilled drink or as a breakfast meal with a cool/hot beverage.
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

How to Remove Beans Coat

black eyed beans and brown beans

There are many ways to remove the outer coat of black-eyed or brown beans before it can be used in cooking the Nigerian Moi Moi, Akara or some Nigerian kids recipes.
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

How to Season and Grill Chicken


grilled chicken
Chicken is used a lot when preparing Nigerian recipes, especially the Rice recipes and stew recipes. Chicken can also be eaten as a snack and washed down with a chilled drink.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How to Make Coconut Oil in Your Home

coconut oil
With the numerous health benefits and uncountable uses of coconut oil, you should be making your own Coconut Oil at home.
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

How to make Meat Cigars


Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil 
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef 
  • 1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes drained 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  •  1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 
  •  1/8 teaspoon paprika 
  •  1/8 teaspoon ground allspice 
  •  1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough cooking oil spray

Directions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet. 
  • Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Cook ground beef until it loses its pink color and begins to brown.
  • Drain fat from skillet. 
  • Add tomatoes, cinnamon, cumin, paprika and allspice. 
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer until mixture reduces slightly, about 10 minutes. 
  • Remove one phyllo sheet from package and keep the rest covered with a clean cloth until ready to use. On a flat work surface, cut the phyllo sheet into 2 14x9-inch rectangles. 
  • Spray the first half-sheet with cooking spray, place the 2nd half on top of it and spray again with oil. Place a generous teaspoon of the meat mixture near the narrow end of the dough. 
  • Fold dough over the top of the meat, fold in the sides of the dough, and roll into a narrow tube (cigar) shape. 
  • Repeat until all the meat has been rolled up. 
  • Arrange cigars on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, about 25 minutes.
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Friday, August 12, 2016

How to Prepare the Banana Coconut Bake


Very simple and delicious recipe, we have had this for breakfast as well as for dessert! This is from Tunisian Desserts Cookbook. Hope you enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

How to make African Peanut Butter Candy


One of the principal crops of some African countries is peanuts. They are nutritious and hardy, making them a first-rate survival food. In this recipe peanuts and highly prized honey are combined to make a sweet African treat.

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