Something worth doing is having a taste of the local food whether you are in Nigeria or having plans of coming into the country. This is because the land is fertile and yields ingredients for wonderful recipes and for there are recipes to suit everyone’s taste and choice. Nigerian dishes include all sort of foods that are served in the country.
Below are the most popular dishes in Nigeria:
- Pounded Yam:
this food is popular among the Yoruba people but it is also consumed by other ethnic groups in the country most especially the Igbos during celebrations like the new yam festival. The yam is prepared by boiling and pounding to form a mash. It can be served with soups like Egusi, Vegetable, Okro and Ogbono soup.
- Garri: this is gotten from cassava which has undergone peeling, fermentation, washing, grating into a mash, fried and then dried. It is seen as a popular dish in the country because it is a most have of every household. It can be mixed with hot water to form ‘Eba’ and is served with different kinds of stews and soups. It can also be eaten with beans.
- Egusi Soup:
melon seeds, seafood, fermented beans, vegetables, onions and any meat of one’s choice are some of the ingredient used in the preparation of this dish. It is a dish consumed around the country and can be served with garri, pounded yam and fufu.
- Jollof Rice:
this dish is consumed in many West African countries not just Nigeria. It can be served with vegetables, meat, fish or chicken and its ingredient include: tomatoes, chilies, onions, spices and rice.
- Efo Riro:this dish originated from the western part of the country and is popular among the Yoruba people. It is a mixture of meat or smoked fish with pumpkin leaves. Green vegetables like water leaves, spinach or pumpkin leaves are used in its preparation.
- Akara/Kosai:this is known as Kosai in the north and Akara in the southern part of the country and it is simply fried bean cakes. It can be made for individual consumption or for commercial purposes.
- Afang Soup:this dish is made with local Afang leaves, water leaves, dried fish, meat, snails and seasonings. It is enjoyed by many in both Nigeria and in diaspora and originated from south-southern Nigeria. It can be served with fufu, garri and pounded yam.
- Tuwo Shinkafa:this dish is a side dish for many soups prepared people from the northern part of the country most especially the hausas. It is served daily for lunch and dinner and can go with soups like okro, miyan karkashi, miyan kuka.
- Edikaikong Soup: this is a dish popular to the Efik and is made with water leaves and fluted pumpkin and can be served with wheat, semo, fufu or eba.
- Moi Moi:This dish has its origin from the South western part of the country. It can be prepared with corned beef, sardine, onions, crayfish or egg. It can be served alongside other Nigerian food or as snacks.
- Suya:this dish is made with meat garnised with spices and then roasted on a skewer. The ingredients used in its preparation include the following: pepper, peanuts, dried onions, ginger, meat, stock flavors etc.
- Amala and Ewedu:
this dish is mainly eaten by the Yorubas from the South Western part of the country. The ingredients involved in its preparation are: Ewedu leaves, oil, pepper, fish, yam flour etc.
Other Nigerian popular dishes include: pepper soup, Nkwobi, Ewa Aganyin, Ogbono Soup, Ofada Rice, Abacha and Ugba, Adalu, Boli and ground nut, porridge yam and porridge beans etc. ©kazanuba.com