Most Nigerians know the Moimoi (or Moin-moin) delicacy, and I’m sure the other West African countries can attest to its deliciousness. But just in case you have no idea of what this food is, let me introduce you to one of the must-present Owanbeparries foods in south-west Nigeria.
Moimoi is a pureed beans dish that has transcended ages and still feeds myriads of people. The best part of this delicacy is that it is pretty low-carb, and it is a perfect recipe for people watching their weights.
Aside the popular steaming method of making it, you can also make a baked moimoi. There are various wraps used in wrapping it while cooking, such as moimoi leaves, plastic, tin and cellophane.
Whatever your choice of wrap is, your moimoi will be delicious; however cooking it with moimoi leaves gives it a unique flavour that most people love.
Now let’s go and make our moimoi recipe.
- 3 cups of black-eyed peas.
- 1 medium sized onions.
- 4 red bell peppers.
- 4 scotch bonnet or chilli peppers.
- 6 boiled eggs.
- 1 medium sized mackerel or diced liver.
- 2 tablespoons ground crayfish.
- ¼ cup of vegetable oil or 4 tablespoons melted butter.
- Stock cubes and salt to taste.
- Veggies to garnish (optional).
- Moimoi leaves and bread pan.
- Wash, soak and peel the skin of the beans.
- Blend beans with the peppers and the crayfish.
- After blending, add vegetable oil, salt and seasoning to taste.
- Season and boil the mackerel/liver and boil the eggs.
- Chop onion and add with ground crayfish to the blended beans.
- Chopped vegetables are also added along with the deboned mackerel/liver and the boiled eggs.
N.B: sardines, corned beef or tuna can also be used in place of the fish or liver, and you can add some warm water to achieve a certain consistency of the beans mixture.
For the steaming method: serve the beans mixture into folded leaves and make solid wraps of them or use small baking tins or cupcake tins.
Put a little water in a pot and bring to boil; then arrange your moimoi wraps or tins in the post and steam for about 30minutes.
For the baking method: lay your leaves in an oiled bread-baking pan, and pour in the beans mixture. Bake on medium heat for about 30minutes.
Your moimoi is done. Enjoy.