How To Make Moi Moi


Moi Moi {Moin Moin} is a classic Nigerian dish made from beans, it can be eaten as a main dish or side dish accompanied by garri, pap and bread. We usually find Moi Moi in most parties in Nigeria as a side dish usually served with rice and salad which is super yummmmm. It is often called ‘’Alele’’ in the Northern parts of the country.How to cook Nigerian Moi Moi is very easy to prepare and can be cooked in a lot of containers: tea cups, aluminium tins, aluminium foil,plastic bowls and uma leaves;  just use different shapes and sizes to make it fun. It can also be cooked with fresh beans of bean flour but I like mine fresh.

Lets cook!


  • 4 cups of beans (black eyed)
  • 4-5 red bell peppers
  • 3 scotch bonnets
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 cooking spoon ground crayfish
  • 2 cooking spoon vegetable oil
  • Knorr chicken cubes
  • 1 can Corned beef
  • 4 hardboiled eggs
  • 2 cooking spoons vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste

Before Preparation

  • Soak the beans in water and scrub with your hands to remove the coat, soak the beans with warm water for 30 minutes to soften it for easy blending
  • Wash the Peppers and onions then set aside
  • Boil the eggs and cut into desired sizes
  • Use a spoon to separate the corned beef into smaller bits and set aside
  • Prepare the aluminium tins by spraying or rubbing with oil so the Moi Moi does not stick


  • Place the beans in a blender, add tatashe, scotch bonnets, onions, crayfish and some water and blend until very smooth [make sure you use a good blender, if your blender is small, you can blend in batches] make sure not to add too much water.
  • Pour the blended mixture in a Bowl, add vegetable oil, seasoning cubes, corned beef, salt and some water and mix thoroughly (Moimoi mixture consistency should be lighter than that of Akara because if the mixture is too thick, you will end up with strong Moi Moi)
  • Now add the diced eggs and mixture gently so they wont break, You can also place the eggs on top after you have put the mixture in  the tins (in each tin)
  • Place some water in a big pot depending on the quantity of Moi Moi, the water should not be more than an inch of the pot (this is to prevent the water from getting into the MoiMoi
  • Pour the mixture into tins (please do not fill to the brim because Moi Moi rises as it cooks, so when you fill the tin, it pours, just fill half oe 3/4 the tin)
  • Place them in the Pot of water , cover and allow to cook for about an hour before checing on it, always add in little water in the pot because the water keeps drying up
  • Put in a knife the moi moi, if it is stained with paste, then its not done but if it has a slight smear of the moimoi it means you are good to go
  • Our delicious Moi Moi is ready


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Serve with a cold drink, bread, pap, rice garri etc.



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