Baked Moi-Moi Loaf (Nigerian Steamed Beans Cake)

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 bags/containers (haha I’m not kidding). It’s quite a time-consuming food to make, as you will have to soak and wash the beans to remove the skins. That’s why most people prefer to just buy it from the store or just get the beans flour.

I, for one, prefer to have it homemade. The traditional method requires cooking the moi-moi in leaf pouches (i.e plantain leafs). It is usually steamed over very high heat. Taking a new dimension of the traditional method, I like to bake my moi-moi in the oven but still using a water bath to steam cook.

So recently, I decided to whip it up as it is one of my favorite Nigerian meals. There are varieties of ways this delicious delicacy can be enjoyed. For breakfast with soft bread or/and corn porridge (pap). As a starter or a side dish served with rice. Even as the main dish served with other sides dishes (i.e soaked garri).

In addition, Moi-Moi can sometimes be eaten as a snack. It usually features a range of stuffing’s. Such as corned beef, eggs, fish, prawns and the likes.




Here is the recipe:

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Moi-Moi Loaf (Steamed Beans Cake) Yum
  1. Wash the skins of the beans, getting rid of the black eyes and soak for 2 hours or overnight to soften it.
  2. Prepare a loaf tin by greasing the insides with sunflower oil, then pre-heat your oven to 180C degrees.
  3. Put the beans into a food processor or blender, add the bell pepper, onions, garlic, ginger and water. Blend to a smooth batter.
  4. Pour the moi-moi batter into a bowl. Whisk in the oil, tomato puree and stock cube. Season with Chili flakes and salt.
  5. pour the moi-moi batter into the prepared loaf tin. Top it of with the prawns or any other stuffing. Aldo sprinkle some chili flakes or/and rock salt on top.
  6. Place the tin into a baking dish and pour the kettle of hot water into the baking dish (not the tin!)
  7. Carefully place it into the pre-heated oven and bake for 1 hour at 180C degrees .
  8. Remove from oven and seat for a few minutes before serving. Serve hot.

I hope this recipe was helpful. Do not hesitate to give your feedback in the comment section below.

Immaculate. xo

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