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Nigerian Food: 10 Must-Try Traditional Dishes

Nigerian Traditional Dishes
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Nigeria, with over 250 ethnic groups, has a diverse range of cuisines. Nigerian food is flavorful, spicy, and nutrient-dense, and it celebrates the country’s diverse culture. This article will go over 10 must-try traditional Nigerian dishes.

1. Jollof Rice:

Jollof rice is perhaps the most popular Nigerian dish. It is a one-pot dish made with rice, tomatoes, onions, and a variety of spices. Jollof rice is typically served at parties, weddings, and other social gatherings. The dish is so popular that there is an ongoing debate about which country makes the best Jollof rice – Nigeria, Ghana, or Senegal.

Jollof

2. Iyan:

Iyan is a traditional Nigerian food made from yam. The yam is peeled, cut into small pieces, and boiled until it is soft. The soft yam is then pounded with a pestle and mortar until it forms a smooth paste. Iyan is typically served with different types of soups, such as Egusi soup or Efo riro.

Iyan (Pounded Yam)
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3. Amala:

Amala is a Nigerian dish made from yam, cassava flour, or unripe plantain flour. The flour is mixed with hot water and stirred until it forms a smooth and stretchy dough. Amala is typically served with different types of soups, such as Ewedu soup or Gbegiri soup.

Amala
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4. Ogbono Soup:

Ogbono soup is a thick soup made from ground ogbono seeds. The soup is typically cooked with palm oil, meat, fish, and a variety of vegetables. Ogbono soup is often served with Iyan or Eba.

5. Egusi:

Egusi is a soup made from ground melon seeds. The seeds are ground into a powder, mixed with water, and cooked with different types of meat or fish. Egusi soup is typically served with Iyan or Eba.

6. Eba:

Eba is a Nigerian food made from cassava flour. The cassava flour is mixed with hot water and stirred until it forms a smooth and stretchy dough. Eba is typically served with different types of soups, such as Okra soup or Bitterleaf soup.

7. Beans and Dodo:

Beans and Dodo is a popular Nigerian dish made from black-eyed beans and fried plantain. The beans are cooked until they are soft and then mashed with onions and peppers. The plantains are sliced and fried until they are golden brown. Beans and Dodo is typically served as a breakfast or lunch dish.

8. Asaro:

Asaro is a Nigerian dish made from mashed yam and peppers. The yam is boiled until it is soft, mashed, and mixed with palm oil, onions, peppers, and other spices. Asaro is typically served as a side dish with different types of stews.

9. Pepper Soup:

Pepper soup is a spicy soup made with different types of meat, such as goat meat or chicken. The soup is typically seasoned with onions, peppers, and a variety of spices. Pepper soup is often served as a starter at social gatherings.

10. Moin Moin:

Moin Moin is a Nigerian dish made from black-eyed beans, onions, peppers, and spices. The beans are ground into a paste, mixed with the other ingredients, and then steamed in leaves or foil. Moin Moin is typically served as a side dish with Jollof rice or fried plantains.

Moin Moin
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