Breakfast in Nigeria is full of all kinds of interesting dishes and this beans dish is definitely an interesting meal. This beans dish, which was adopted by Nigerias and most specially Lagosians, has its name coined from Ewa (which means beans in Yoruba) Agoyin (a term used to describe people from neighboring countries such as Benin republic “Cotonu” and Togo, who came into Nigeria to settle as far back as in the sixties), hence the name Ewa Agoyin which simply means “Beans of the Agoyin people”.
Originally from Cotonou, Ewa Agoyin is an affordable, simple and tasty dish for lovers of beans and a perfect way for those who do not like beans to enjoy it. This dish is usually made with black eyed beans and has a palm-oil based sauce. What makes Ewa Agoyin special is the way the beans is cooked very soft and then mashed, to be served with the sauce which is basically hot-fried peppers and onions in boiling palm oil.
Ewa Agoyin is usually eaten with soft bread, fried plantains, garri or boiled yam.
Here are what you need….
- 6-8 Cups of Water
- Salt to Taste
- 3/4 Cup Dried Chilli
- 2 Dried Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Medium Onion
- 1 Tsp Ginger
- 2 Tsp Cray Fish
- 2 Seasoning Cubes
- Salt To Taste
- 1 Cup Palm Oil
Watch how Chef Lola makes Special ”Ewa Agoyin”
Video source: Chef Lola Kitchen
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