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Healthy Nigerian foods that will make you love Nigerian recipes? Honestly, Nigerian foods consist of dishes from the different ethnic groups in Nigeria.

From South East, South South, South West to North East, North Central and North West.

In reality, Nigeria has a diverse and rich culinary tradition that consists of spices, herbs, palm, and groundnut to make enormously flavored sauces and soup.

Numerous ingredients and staples cut across state borders as well.

The country just like most of the West African countries like Ghana, Cameroon, Cote D’ivoire etc, has one of the best dishes in the world, and they have different varieties depending on what part of the country one comes from or resides.

So if you would love to enjoy mouth-watering foods that will make you love Nigerian recipes and wow your taste bud, I think you should consider traveling to Nigeria to experience this aspect of Nigerian culture and cuisines in a dynamic way.

Do you want to take your taste buds on a spectacular journey? If your answer is ‘yes’, then you need to visit Nigeria or Naija as it’s fondly called.

However, some of the top soups consumed in the various regions or parts of the country include Egusi soup, Banga soup, Miyan Kuka, Okro soup, Ewedu soup, Pepper soup, Afang, and Edikan Ikon soup.

The ingredients used to prepare these soups range from local condiments such as Ugu or pumpkin leaf, processed locust beans or Iru, to vegetables such as spinach, waterleaf, bitter leaf etc.

These soups are generally eaten with ‘swallow’, starchy foods such as Akpu or Fufu, Eba, Amala, starch, pounded yam, etc.

Due to international influence in the Nigerian food culture by British, Portuguese, Dutch, and other European traders in the early days, spices such as Thyme, Curry, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cloves, Habanero pepper, and Scotch Bonnet are used to garnish so many Nigerian foods.

Also, it’s important to know that Nigerian dishes never run out of protein. Various meats such as cow, beef, mutton, and chicken and different species of fish are often used to garnish it to your relish.

Also common in the southern regions of the country is the use of seafood such as prawns, periwinkles, clams, snails, and crabs for preparing soups and stews.

These dishes will blow your taste buds honestly.

In general, rice is consumed in every part of the country either prepared as coconut rice, jollof rice, and fried rice or processed into the traditional dish Pate, which is a combination of rice with ground dry corn, spinach, tomatoes, onion, peppers, garden eggs, locust beans, groundnuts, biscuit bones, and minced meat.

Pate is commonly eaten in northern part of Nigerian states such as Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Plateau, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Sokoto etc.

Healthy Nigerian Foods That Will Make You Love Nigerian Recipes

Vegetable Soup With Ugu And Waterleaf
Vegetable Soup With Ugu And Waterleaf

This is has been my favourite soup in Nigeria and my mother knows how to prepare it very well without stress.

Ugu and waterleaf soup is a power-packed soup with a lot of vitamins, minerals, and fibre.

If you’re a Nigerian or reside here in the country and have not tasted this nutritious soup, then you’re missing one of the best Nigerian cuisines.

Amala and Ewedu

Amala And Ewedu: Health Benefits Of Amala
Amala And Ewedu: Health Benefits Of Amala

I could remember the year 2017, when I went to Katsina State for NYSC. It was there I met a Yoruba friend that convinced me to taste Amala and Ewedu. What a great taste to behold!!!

In fact, Amala and Ewedu is my best soup after vegetable soup. Ewedu is a delicious soup mostly associated with the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria.

It is, however, a very popular delicacy in the country. Ewedu soup is made from the leaves of a Jute plant that is blended into a gelatinous solution or form such as okra soup.

Ewede soup is usually garnished with a lot of meat and Ponmo ( processed cowskin) and best served with Amala.

A tomato-pepper sauce can also be added to the Ewedu soup to accommodate for the slight bitterness possessed by the Jute plant leaves.

Garri Or Eba With Egusi Soup

Garri Or Eba With Egusi Soup
Garri Or Eba With Egusi Soup

Third on my favourite list, Eba is undoubtedly the popular staple food eaten in Nigeria.

It is consumed in the majority of the households in Nigeria, irrespective of region or ethnicity from South to North.

Also Read; Can breastfeeding eat Egusi with Eba?

Garri is prepared from cassava. The cassava is first harvested, peeled, washed, and ground.

The grounded cassava is drained of water, some starch and hydrocyanic acid before it is sieved and fried in a hot pan.

The result of this process is called Garri.

Garri can then be used to prepare Eba simply by adding hot water into a bowl containing the desired quantity of garri granules.

Eba can be eaten with any Nigerian soup such as Egusi soup, Okro soup, Banga soup, Afang soup, etc.

Ogbono Soup

Ogbono Soup
Ogbono Soup

This is another important soup eaten in Nigeria.

It is prepared from the seed of bush mango (a wild variant of mango) with oil, meat, stockfish, dried fish and other condiments.

Ogbono soup is normally served with Eba, Fufu or pounded yam.

The slippery texture of Ogbono soup earned it the sobriquet “draw soup”; this characteristic makes it go well with Eba or Fufu balls. It is said to be one of the easiest soups to prepare.

Egusi Soup

Egusi soup for breastfeeding mother
Egusi soup for breastfeeding mother

This is one of the most popular soups in Nigeria. It is consumed in several homes especially during celebrations.

Its unique texture and fluffiness are some of the qualities that make this soup a special Nigerian delicacy.

The Egusi soup is prepared from processed melon seed using ingredients like stockfish, red oil, meat, stockfish, vegetables, seafood, onions, and other condiments. The soup is served with pounded yam, Garri, Amala, etc.

Read Also; Does Egusi soup increase butt?

Pounded Yam

Pounded Yam
Pounded Yam

This is a very soft food served in several Nigerian homes and restaurants.

It can be enjoyed with a variety of soups such as Ogbono, Egusi, vegetable, and Afang soups.

To prepare pounded yam, the desired quantity of yam is peeled, washed thoroughly, and boiled to tenderness.

This boiled yam is then pounded in a mortar until a soft mash is formed.

The people of Western Nigeria, called the Yorubas, are known to be very fond of pounded yam, but it is also eaten among the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria.

Jollof rice
Jollof rice

This is one of the most popular foods in Nigeria and is eaten in every part of the country.

You may wonder what it is that can be so highly rated and it will shock you to know that it is simply rice prepared with tomato, onion, pepper, and some other spices.

It is sometimes served with vegetables, chicken or beef and fried fish.

This dish is not only popular in Nigeria but also in some other West African countries such as Ghana.

Nkwobi

This is a very common soup among the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria.

Nkwobi is prepared from cow legs and head, and is mostly a traditional dessert, adequately garnished with Utazi leaves and palm oil.

It is usually eaten with a glass of palm wine, which is said to be the best drink to flush it down the belly.

Beans and Plantain

Beans and Plantain
Beans and Plantain

If you visited Nigeria and didn’t taste this food, your trip was incomplete I’m telling you.

There is an abundance of beans and plantain in Nigeria, therefore preparing this delicious delicacy is not a problem.

This combination is made as portage and richly garnished with dried fish and other ingredients that are meant to increase the quality.

Beans and plantain is a very special Nigerian delicacy that I believe you would love to taste after reading this informative post.

Tuwo Shinkafa

Tuwo Shinkafa
Tuwo Shinkafa

I tasted Tuwo Shinkafa when I went to Katsina for NYSC that year.

This a very popular dish is associated with the Hausa people of Northern Nigeria. The word “Tuwo Shinkafa” simply means “mashed rice”.

It is prepared by boiling rice to tenderness and then mashing it into a semi-solid form.

It is served with soups like Miyan Kuka, Miyan Kardashi or even bean soup. It is usually eaten as either lunch or dinner.

Pepper Soup

Pepper Soup
Pepper Soup

This is also a very common delicacy eaten in almost every part of the country.

It usually contains a plethora of beef, chicken, mutton or fresh fish. It is usually sold at bars where it is accompanied by beer.

It is a very healthy soup due to the natural spices used to prepare it.

A touch of pepper soup on the tongue leaves an unforgettable taste that will keep you asking for more.

It is very spicy, delicious and comes with a nice aroma.

Ewa Agoyin

Ewa Agoyin
Ewa Agoyin

This is a delicacy that is very popular among the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria.

Although originated from the Benin Republic. Ewa Agoyin is cooked mashed beans eaten with pepper sauce.

This sauce is made not just from pepper but also involves onion, tomato, crayfish, and some spices. This combination produces a taste that will make you ask for more.

Abacha and Ugba

Abacha and Ugba
Abacha and Ugba

This is another Nigerian food common among the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria. It is also called African salad.

Abacha is prepared from cassava, which is first properly cooked, then grated before being sun dried.

These sundried cassava flakes are then used to prepare Abacha.

This delicious delicacy is made with sliced Ugba (oil bean seed) and some fresh vegetables.

It is mostly served with fried fish and Ponmo (processed cowskin) and eaten as a dessert.

Ofe Akwu Or Banga Soup

Is OFE AKWU healthy?
Is OFE AKWU healthy?

Ofe Akwu or Banga soup is a very popular soup in Nigeria, mostly common in the southern region of the country.

This delicious soup is made from ripe palm fruit and adequately garnished with meats, fish and other special ingredients that give it a unique aroma and taste.

It is mostly eaten with starch and sometimes white rice.

Efo Riro

Efo Riro
Efo Riro

This is a very delicious Nigerian soup, which is mostly associated with the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria.

Efo riro is made with a combination of pumpkin leaves, chicken or smoked fish, and beef.

Vegetables like water leaf and spinach can also be used in place of pumpkin leaves.

Afang Soup
Afang Soup

Afang Soup

This is another popular soup in Nigeria that’s among my best. It is mostly associated with the Efik tribe of Southern Nigeria.

Afang soup is a vegetable soup prepared with meat, stockfish, and seafood such as prawn and periwinkles.

The leafy vegetable normally used to prepare this delicious soup is the Afang or Okazi leaves.

Due to its toughness, the leaf is sliced into very tiny bits. Afang soup is best served with Eba, Fufu or pounded yam.

Healthy Nigerian Foods That Will Make You Love Nigerian Recipes?

Okpa

Okpa
Okpa

This is a very delicious Nigerian delicacy, mostly common in the Eastern region of Nigeria especially Enugu State.

It is a kind of Moi Moi made from a special kind of beans called Bambara nuts.

Okpa is prepared by grounding Bambara nuts into flour and mixing it with hot water and other necessary ingredients.

These ingredients include crayfish, palm oil, fresh pepper, pumpkin vegetables (if desired) and salt.

The dish is very nutritious and delicious.

Moi Moi

Moi Moi
Moi Moi

One of the really good foods you can eat in Nigeria that will blow your taste buds is Moi Moi.

It is a very delicious dish that has earned its popularity due to its unique taste.

Just like Akara, it is made from processed beans but the difference is that instead of being fried it is boiled.

Moi Moi can be garnished with fish, egg or crayfish. The basic ingredients are oil, tomatoes, pepper, salt and some spices.

It can be eaten alone or with soaked garri, pap or custard; just do whatever works for you.

Akara

Akara
Akara

This is another popular Nigerian delicacy. It is called Kosai in the Northern parts of the country.

It is simply bean cake deep fried in either palm or groundnut oil.

The beans are first soaked in water to remove the skin and then ground to a mash that is then deep-fried.

Another kind of Akara can also be prepared by frying grated water yam.

Boiled White Rice

Boiled White Rice
Boiled White Rice

It is a very common practice to cook rice every Sunday in Nigeria.

Most families boil white rice, which is eaten with stew or soup richly garnished with fish or meat as the occasion demands.

Some of the soups which can be used to eat boiled white rice include Egusi soup, Banga soup, and vegetable soup.

Suya

Suya
Suya

This is simply nicely cut beef that is spiced and grilled over an open flame. It is served with fresh cabbage, tomatoes, and onions.

It is usually wrapped with old newspapers or aluminum foil and eaten during the evening. If you must enjoy this Wella, then visit Hausa land or Northern part of Nigeria.

This spicy delicacy is a specialty of the Hausa people of Northern Nigeria. A special kind of spice mix called Yaji is usually added to the meat before grilling.

Nigerian Meat Pie

Nigerian Meat Pie
Nigerian Meat Pie

Finally, on my list is Nigerian minced-pie popularly called meat pie in Nigeria.

It’s a buttery, crispy, delicious snack filled with minced beef and vegetables (usually carrots and potatoes).

It’s one of Nigeria’s most loved street snacks and also one of the most sought during festive seasons and in most parties/occasions and schools.

The same way our Nigerian puff-puff and chin-chin are being sought.

However, if you ever visit Nigeria, make sure you have a taste of one or more of these wonderful delicacies especially VEGETABLE SOUP.

Honestly, you will be glad you did.

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