How to Make Moin Moin (Video)

Bayo Ajibola

How to Make Moin Moin. Moi moi also pronounced as mai mai is a traditional Nigerian food made with ground beans and enriched with spices. It is a common food at parties and festive occasions. It can be eaten alone or as a meal and often times with other Nigerian foods such as; pap(oga/akamu), rice recipes, bread amongst others.

Moinmoin can be cooked adopting various methods. It can be cooked in aluminium foil bags, banana leaves, uma  leaves, heat proof nylons and in bowls.

How to Make Moin Moin.

To Cook moinmoin, you need;
Black eyed/ Brown beans
Bell pepper
Scotch bonnet pepper
Vegetable Oil/ palm oil (by choice)
Onion bulbs
Deboned boiled fish
Stock cubes
Water(as needed)
Salt to taste.

Cooking preparation for Moi Moi

Before you cook Moi Moi

**First soak the beans for three hours and wash it, by scrubbing off the bean coat.Make sure to remove all the bean coat until you are left with coatless beans.
If you have a powerful industrial blender, you can grind the beans now, but if not, let the coatless beans soak in water again for at least 2 hours.

**Now choose what extra garnishes you want to add to the Moimoi;
If it’s eggs, boil the eggs, remove the shells and cut into small pieces, then set aside.
If it’s fresh fish, boil the fish,remove bones ,cut into small pieces.
If you prefer corned beef, then take it out of the can, and set aside

**Grease/Oil the containers you will be using .If you prefer uma leaves, then rinse well and leave to dry out in a colander.

**Wash the peppers and slice the onions.
Now to cook the Moi moi…

*Strain the beans, pour it into your blender(do this in batches).
Add the peppers(you can also add thick tomato paste, to give it more color).
Add the onions, crayfish and stock cubes.
Add a little water to help the blender work better. Grind the beans until you get a very smooth consistency, without granules or beans lumps.

*Pour the blended beans into a wide bowl;Stir and slowly add some water and continue stirring until you get a lighter consistency, but not too watery.

*Now , add the vegetable oil, taste for salt and if need be, add a little salt(remember you already added stock cubes, so go easy on the salt).
Mix thoroughly and then take out your containers.

*Pour the mixture into each of the containers and add your egg or any other garnishes you prefer. Seal or cover the containers and set aside.

*Now, line the base of your pot, pour in some water and set to boil. When the water is boiling, place the sealed Moi moi into the pot of boiling water.

*As the Moi moi starts to cook. Add a little quantity of water from time to time,so that it doesn’t begin to burn underneath.
But be careful not to add to much water as it might get into the Moi moi containers and ruin the food by making it watery.
*After about 45 minutes, put a knife through the Moi Moi; if the knife comes out clean, then the moi moi is ready. Note that the cooking time for Moi Moi depends on the type of container you are using and also on the quantity of moi moi you are cooking(5 pieces of Moi moi in a small pot, will definitely cook faster than 30 pieces of moimoi in a large pot).
If you are in doubt about whether the Moi moi is well cooked or not; it is advisable to leave it to cook for about 1 hour 30 minutes(adding some water occasionally). The moi moi tends to cook faster with the foil, nylons and leaves, but takes longer with the plastic bowl.

*Now , take out the Moi moi from the pot and leave to cool a bit before unwrapping or turning it onto a plate. Enjoy!

Nigerian Moi Moi can be enjoyed alone or with any Nigerian Rice Recipes and  a chilled drink.
For further understanding on cooking moinmoin, see the video on How to Make Moin Moin.

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Bayo Ajibola

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