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Aganyin Recipe

Updated: Apr 19

Aganyin is a popular Yoruba street food that consists of mashed beans served with spicy sauce and bread. Here's a detailed recipe for making aganyin at home, along with some healthy alternatives and kitchen equipment suggestions:


  • 2 cups of black-eyed beans, soaked overnight

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup of water

  • Bread or buns for serving


  • 1 serving of aganyin (about 1/2 cup of mashed beans and sauce) contains approximately 280 calories.


  1. Rinse the soaked beans and add them to a pot with enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil and cook for about 30-40 minutes or until the beans are tender.

  2. Drain the beans and mash them with a potato masher or a fork until they are smooth.

  3. In a separate pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic and sauté until they are soft and translucent.

  4. Add the cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, ground ginger, salt, and pepper to the pot with the onions and garlic. Stir well.

  5. Add the mashed beans to the pot and stir well to combine with the onion and spice mixture.

  6. Add 1/2 cup of water to the pot and stir well. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens to a sauce-like consistency.

  7. Serve the aganyin hot with bread or buns.

Healthy ingredient alternatives:

  • Use low-sodium canned beans or cook the beans without adding any salt for a lower sodium option.

  • Add some diced vegetables like bell peppers or tomatoes to the onion and spice mixture for added vitamins and fiber.

Kitchen equipment suggestions:

  • Potato masher or fork for mashing the beans

  • Medium-sized pot for cooking the beans

  • Small pot for making the spicy sauce

  • Wooden spoon for stirring

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