I was feeling a bit homesick today, so I decided to whip up one of my favorite Nigerian dish “Moi Moi”. Growing up this was one of those dish that brought everyone to the kitchen, we (my siblings and I) all wanted to help mum in making it and trust us to be more than very helpful in eating it! LOL. There are so many ways this delicious delicacy can be served; as breakfast with corn porridge (Akamu/pap), as a starter (stuffed with corned beef, eggs, fish etc), as a side dish with rice, as the main dish with sides (i.e soaked garri) or even just as a snack.
Moi Moi is a staple in most traditional Nigerian parties, it is one of those dishes all the “aunties” look forward to, that’s why they bring the extra bag/containers LOL. Its quite a time consuming food to make, as you will have to soak and wash the beans to remove the skins and that’s why some people prefer to just buy it from the store or just get the beans flour. I, for one, prefer to have it homemade and when I do, I do it the traditional & original way (with a few tweaks of course) 😉
Now, before I share the recipe; If you’ve had moi moi before, then, you are most likely wondering how I made it look like ‘a cake’. Welp; I basically baked it in a silicon mold, you know, like the giant cupcake silicon molds. Don’t freight, you can bake it in whatever tin, baking mold, casserole dish of any shape or size you like. Just have fun with it!
Here is the recipe!
- 2 cups Black eye beans (washed and skin taken of)
- 2 medium onions
- 1 scotch bonnet pepper
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 chicken stock cubes
- 1 raw egg
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- 2 cups water
- salt to taste
- 1-2 L water (for steam)
- Pour 1 liter of water into your oven tray and pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees.
- Prepare your baking tins/molds (any shape or size) by oiling them and set aside.
- Blend beans, onions, pepper, butter, tomato puree, stock cube, salt and the raw egg in a food processor with the 2 cups of water until all the ingredients are well combined and it forms a slightly thick batter
- Pour the mixture evenly into the prepared baking tins or pans.
- Place one hard boiled egg in the middle of each tin.
- Sit the tins on the tray in the oven and cook for one to 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes, adding more water to the tray if needed.
- Bring it out of the oven and let it cool a bit before you serve.
P.S. To save you cooking time, you can divide the batter into cupcake tins and cook for 20-30 minutes.