Moin-Moin (Nigeria)

Healthy Ramadan Kitchen
Moin Moin
Moin-moin (bean cake) is a protein-rich food, the recipe of which was sent to us by Dasola Oyelade, Nigeria. Dasola tells us that Moin-moin is made from black-eyed peas, or other beans, which are sometimes used as a substitute for food like starchy morsel, solid popcorn, rice, bread and fluid popcorn . It is also used as a complete dish in itself.

It is a popular dish among the communities of the West African countries. Such communities include Nigeria, Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, and Sierra Leone. As time goes by, and with the world becoming a global village, this type of food and the likes have been exported to some European and American countries. It is easy to make, and it is full of protein with a rich, balanced diet combination.


The ingredients are not completely liable to measurement but depend on the quantity and quality you'd like your dish to be. That said, the major ingredients are as follows:


  • Beans        
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Pepper  (optional)                                 
  • Salt
  • Fish/Tuna/Liver (optional)
  • Eggs (optional)
  • Chicken cubes
  • Curry (optional)
  • Vegetable/Palm Oil




Step One: Preparing the Beans

  • Soak some beans (1 kg, 2 kg, or as much as you want) in a large container, and skin.
  • Some people recommend  grinding the beans lightly first (before soaking) to make it easier to skin.
  • Clean until you have most of the skin off the beans.   
  • Grind the beans into a smooth, finely-ground, mostly liquid paste.
  • You can grind some onion with it, then you still add one slice later. 

Step Two: Mixing the Beans Batter


  • Mix some blended tomatoes (or tomato paste), oil, salt, sliced onions, chicken cubes , curry, and pepper (gauge them to suit the quantity) with the batter.
  •  You can also add fish, tuna, liver (cut into pieces), crayfish, or boiled eggs (slice into two or three before placing it on the batter).

Step Three: Wrapping the Beans Batter
(You can use either nylon or empty cans).

  • Empty Cans: Make sure their interior is clean and lightly greased. Then fill each can with the beans batter (place a slice of the boiled egg on its surface). Make sure you leave enough space for the cooking Moin-moin to rise.
  • Nylon: Make it clean and fill it with the content of the beans batter as big as you want and tight its end.

Step Four: Cooking

Put some water in a large cooking pot, and place the batter (cans or nylon) into it. Then boil the beans batter until it forms a solid substance called moin-moin. When they're boiled, remove them from the cans or nylon and serve.



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