Ewa-Agoyin is a popular food from the Western part of Nigeria. Made from softly boiled and mashed beans, it is one of the most eaten street food of the west, especially in Lagos.
It can be paired with bread, yam or fried plantain aka Dodo.
Though it is boiled beans, to make Ewa-Agoyin, you’d have to take a different cooking route to achieve the best results. This meal is incredibly delicious with a blend of tastes that is guaranteed to leave your taste-buds singing.
If you have not tried it before, you might as well add this recipe to your to-cook list.
Below are the ingredients needed to make this meal and the step by step process to prepare the meal.
2 cups of Red or White beans
Salt to taste
- Large onion (thinly sliced) – 1
- Palm oil- 1 cup
- Salt- to taste
- Seasoning cubes- 2 cubes
- Dried blended crayfish- 1/4 cup
- Bell pepper (tatashe) – 1
- 2 Tablespoons of grated ginger
- Dried Chilli Pepper (Shombo) – 12-14
To Prepare the Beans:
- Wash the beans under running water
- Add 6 cups of water to a pot, set on high heat and bring to boil.
- Add the beans and reduce the heat to a minimum.
- Leave on low heat for 2 hours 30 minutes or until the beans are very soft.
- Add salt to taste. Mash up the beans if you prefer.
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To Prepare the Sauce: (Agoyin pepper)
- Set the dried peppers in a bowl, pour over some boiling water and leave covered until the peppers are softened
- Put in a blender, combine the bell pepper and soaked peppers with a bit of water. Pour the blended peppers into a sieve and leave to rest to remove excess water.
- Set a medium-sized pot on medium heat, add the palm oil and wait for the oil to heat up.
- Add the chopped onion, stir at interval until the colour of the oil changes (the colour should be black but not burnt). This takes about 20 – 30 minutes.
- Add the ginger, sieved pepper, crayfish, salt and seasoning cube and stir. Cover and leave to fry for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the sauce is darkened.
Serve your now delicious Ewa-Agoyin with either bread, yam or fried plantain. If you’ve tried this recipe, please leave a comment in the comment box and tell us how it turned out. Enjoy!
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