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Travel Noire Eats And Recipes: Nigerian Moi Moi

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Nothing brings people together better than good food. To celebrate the black men and women who are using food to connect cultures and communities, we’re sharing some of our favorite recipes from chefs, at-home cooks, and food lovers who know that great flavors can bring us all together. The team behind African Chow (@africanchow) shares one of their favorite recipes for how to make a traditional Nigerian steamed bean pudding called Moi Moi. 

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

4cups of beans
1 habanero pepper
1/2 cup of bell pepper
1/2 cup of diced onions
1/2 cup of olive oil
3 teaspoons of salt
1 cup of water
2 maggi cubes

 

 

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INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F

 

1). Tip the beans into a medium bowl and fill with warm water. Soak beans in a bowl for about 20 to 45 minutes, until soft and skin is peeling.

 

2). Remove skin with your hands, begin to rub the beans together while submerged in water. As the skins of the beans float to the top, remove with the spoon strainer. Pour water and repeat until all skin is removed.

 

3). Blend the beans after all of the water has been drained out one final time, pour the softened beans into a blender, along with two cups of water. Begin to blend. Continue to blend until the beans turn into a smooth texture. Add more water if the mixture is not completely smooth.

 

4). Chop up the vegetables, cut the red peppers, onion, and habanero peppers. The size of the cut vegetables does not matter, just as long as the pieces can be blended in a blender.

 

5). Blend the vegetables, put the chopped vegetables and 1 1/2 cups of water into the blender. Begin to blend until smooth. Crush the Maggi stock cubes into the blender and continue to blend with the vegetable mixture.

 

6). Pour the vegetable mixture into the bean mixture. Mix both together and begin to add in the seasoned salt and vegetable oil. Continue to mix well.

 

7). Spray non stick oil into small plastic containers. Pour mixture into small plastic containers, place small containers into an aluminum pan, add some water into pan, cover pan with aluminum foil and place inside the oven.

 

8. Change the heat to medium-high heat. Allow the moi moi to cook for about 45 minutes to an hour. Be sure to check back every 10 minutes.

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