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Moin Moin Recipe

Updated: Apr 19

Moin moin is a popular Nigerian dish made from beans that have been peeled, blended and steamed in banana leaves or aluminum foil. It is a nutritious and protein-rich meal that can be enjoyed as a snack or as part of a main course. Here is a detailed recipe for making moin moin, along with calorie intake and healthy alternatives. Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of black-eyed beans

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 bell peppers (red and green), chopped

  • 1-2 scotch bonnet peppers, chopped

  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons of salt

  • 2 teaspoons of ground crayfish

  • 2-3 seasoning cubes (optional)

  • 2 cups of water

  • Banana leaves or aluminum foil


  1. Soak the black-eyed beans in water for about 4-6 hours or overnight. Drain the water and rinse the beans.

  2. Add the beans to a blender or food processor with the chopped onions, bell peppers, scotch bonnet peppers, vegetable oil, salt, ground crayfish, and seasoning cubes (if using).

  3. Blend the mixture until smooth, adding water as needed to achieve a smooth consistency.

  4. Pour the mixture into a bowl and mix well. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.

  5. Cut the banana leaves or aluminum foil into 6-inch squares and fold them into small bowls or cups.

  6. Pour the bean mixture into the banana leaf cups or aluminum foil cups, filling them up to about 2/3 full.

  7. Place the cups in a steamer and steam for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the moin moin is firm and cooked through.

  8. Remove the cups from the steamer and let the moin moin cool down before serving.

Calories: One serving of moin moin (about 1 cup) contains approximately 180-200 calories, depending on the size of the cup and the ingredients used. Healthy alternatives:

  • Use vegetable oil instead of palm oil for a lower fat option.

  • Add chopped vegetables like carrots, spinach, and kale for added fiber and nutrients.

  • Use low-sodium seasoning cubes or omit them altogether for a lower sodium option.

Kitchen equipments:

  • Blender or food processor

  • Steamer

Ingredients on Amazon:

Enjoy your homemade moin moin!

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