10 Delicious Dishes Nigerians Don’t Joke With

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Nigeria comprises different ethnic groups with their various dishes, and in these ethnic groups, we can easily get dishes that are enjoyed by all, not forgetting how people outside Nigeria crave to have some of these delicious dishes.

Most of these dishes are easy to prepare and have less time consumption. Nigeria is indeed blessed with fertile ground for delicious dishes.

Journey with me as I share with you the 10 Delicious Dishes Nigerians Don’t Joke With.

1. Rice/Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice
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Rice is a general food that gets more consumed by Nigerians, it obviously has a stronghold on Nigerians.

This dish is made on birthdays, Christmas, different holidays, and on special occasions.

It’s easy to prepare and can be prepared as Jollof rice, Fried rice, Coconut Rice, etc. It can be enjoyed with Plantain, Beef, Chicken, Turkey.

2. Yam Porridge

Yam Porridge
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Yam porridge is one of the easiest food to cook, it can be cooked with spinach.

You can decide to spice it up with dry Fish, Beef, Plantain. It’s a great source of fiber, potassium.

3. Garri

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This particular food has been said to be a lifesaver, it has saved people from hunger strikes in most cases.

Garri is made from Cassava and can be enjoyed when soaked with cold water, milk ( optional ), Sugar ( optional ), Groundnut, kuli, Coconut.

Garri can be used for Eba with either the White color or the Yellow color and can be enjoyed with any choice of Soup.

4. Ewa Agoyin

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EWA is the Yoruba translation for Beans, while AGOYIN is said to be the name of the area and people to where the origin of the food can be traced (Cotonou). Ewa Agoyin can be enjoyed with Garri, Bread, Plantain, Pap, Custard, Yam, Potatoes.

Every lover of Beans knows this: Eating Beans help prevent food craving and this is due to the fiber and healthy starches in Beans.

As a matter of fact, People tend to feel fuller after consuming beans, which may prevent overeating and even help with weight loss.

5. Spaghetti

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Who doesn’t love or eat Spaghetti? Spaghetti is one of the fastest and easiest food to prepare without any stress attached. It has turned to general food not only in Nigerian but all over the World.

Spaghetti can be spiced with different Vegetables (Onions, Pepper, Tomatoes, Seasoning Cube, Spices).

One can even decide to make Jollof Spaghetti and can be enjoyed with Plantain, Fried Fish, Beef, Turkey, Chicken.

6. Amala


Amala as it is mostly called is derived from Yam flour, is a white powdered starch, and is usually prepared using Eba or Semolina method.

Amala is a classic Nigerian food, mostly eaten by the Yoruba people, especially people from Oyo state, but it is appreciated by other ethnic groups. It comes in Color white and Deep or Light brown

Amala is one food I know most people from other ethnic groups look out for at parties especially when it’s coming with Ewedu, Gbegiri, and some Goat meat.

At home, this food is best consumed with Ewedu Soup, Okra Soup, Ogbono, and Eforiro soup.

7. Pounded Yam

pounded yam
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Pounded yam is one among a variety of starchy foods in Nigeria fondly called “swallows”. Pounded yam is probably the most festive of all other swallows.

Pounded yam is enjoyed with different kinds of soups with each ethnic group having its own preference. It is usually served in balls and wrapped in plastic bags to retain the moisture.

The funny part is, some Nigerians and those abroad prepare alternative Pounded Yam using Yam flour which is generally known as Poundo Yam, but it doesn’t taste like the original Pounded Yam.

8. Fried Plantain with Egg

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Fried Plantain and egg is one easy meal you’ll love if you are short of time, but want a palatable meal in less than 15 minutes, go for fried plantain and egg.

It’s so easy to make that you’ll want to have it each day.

9. Akara

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Akara is an amazing native cake, and it has commercial importance in Nigeria because almost every joint has an Akara seller.

Akara balls do not only fill the stomach, but it also increase the seller account too, this shows how Nigerians love Akara.

Akara and Pap make balanced healthy breakfast food. Together they make a healthy combination with countless nutritional benefits. This good breakfast combination is considered the perfect way to start your day and is made mostly on weekends at home.

10. Moi Moi

Yummy Moimoi
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Moi Moi is a Nigerian food that can be traced to the Yorubas. The ingredients we add to Moi Moi are very rich; Beans, Peppers, Onion, Cooking Oil, Salt, Seasoning Cubes, and Water. These cover the six classes of food.

You can decide to add Egg, Crayfish, Corned Beef, and Sardine, to give it an added taste. Moi Moi can be served with other Nigerian dishes or eaten alone as a snack.

There is the nylon version, the leaf-wrapped version (Moi Moi elewe), and the tin version (Moi Moi alagolo), it keeps having upgrades and styles. I mean, what a dish!

Tell us your favorite of this list in the comments section.


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