How to make moi moi in Nigeria

Moi moi is a popular food in Nigeria, You can serve this as a course meal or combine with other Nigerian foods like rice, pap or custard.

In our home, we make beans pudding every Thursday and serve with pap or custard for dinner.

Ingredients for Moi Moi (Beans Pudding)

Preparation time : 90 Minutes
Serving: 6

1 kg of Mackerel
6 Eggs (optional)
100 ml vegetable oil
3 seasoning cubes
Salt to taste.
1 cup of sliced onions
Tatashe or shobo (about 5 to 10, it add the reddish color)
1 cup of Crayfish
3 cups of beans

These ingredients will make enough for a family of six if you are pairing it with pap. If you will be serving it as a course meal, 3 cups of beans will be enough for just 4 persons.

Tatashe is a red hot chili pepper, purposefully used for natural coloring.

In some local markets you will find shombo, which could be used alternatively/


It changes the color of the moi moi to red.

Segregate three cups (peak milk cups) of beans(remove sand and impurities) and soak in cool water for 5 minutes then begin washing. Wash and squeeze hard to remove the shell, this may take up to 20 minutes.

You just keep washing and squeezing and sieving till the shell is totally removed(it’s not too hard).
I recently made a video about peeling beans in just about 8 minutes, you can find it below.

Once the beans are peeled, transfer into a container and add the crayfish, onions, tatashe (without seeds) and pepper(red) then go and ground.

ground beans

In Nigeria there are local stores where such is ground, the home blender doesn’t do a good job)

How to Make Moi Moi

Making Moi Moi

Once ground, while still in the container, add 2 seasoning cubes, 100ml vegetable oil. just pour in the oil and stir, add about two cooking spoons full or (about 5 to 10 cl), add salt to taste.

Once the taste seems nice, add the sliced or whole egg to the mixture (or you can choose to add while in moi-moi plates) some people also use corned beef or fish.

Just parboil fish with some ingredients (maggi/onions/carrot) remove the center bones/pieces them a bit and then add them to the mixture (this is the most popular one in our home)

Here is the actual cooking of the moi- moi; transfer into the moi- moi- plates and drop inside the pot(to prevent burning, a piece of clothing is left underneath the pot).

You can place the plate above each other provided the pot would be properly covered. once set, add water simultaneously, like every ten minutes so it does not float above the first plate.

A particular green leave is used to wrap moi moi locally in Nigeria, people say it tastes better than the ones in plates, for me, I hardly notice any difference.

Once your beans pudding is well cooked, go ahead and serve with pap or custard.

Moi Moi

The Video For Beans Pudding

I made a new video for this recipe, you can see it below.

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Is it necessary we put cloth under d pot

August 15, 2018

Not really necessary, just so you don’t end up with burned moi moi. I don’t do this now because I use either foil or the local leaves.

August 18, 2018

What can i use to colour my moi moi in the absence of tatashe?

September 19, 2019

Any red pepper that isn’t so hot would do the magic, we use shobo or tatashe.
Ata rodo and the rest will leave you with a very peperish moi moi. I don’t also use tomatoes but you could try it.

October 27, 2019

Is the water going to be per boiled

May 16, 2019

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