Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Foodspiration - From Nigeria with Love

Hello Loviesssss,

Today i'll be doing my first food post - Yipeeeeeee. 

I was thinking since the holiday is almost here, i should give us a little foodspiration. 

Today's meal is called Moin-Moin, steamed bean cake or steamed bean pudding; don't mind me, i kept searching for a proper english name :-) 

Its made from brown beans or black eyed peas. Its very high in protein and can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Please follow me as i take you into my moin moin making journey. I hope you find this post helpful. 

By the way, i decided to use the leaves and not cups because i wanted to get the taste of the leaves in the moin moin.

Lets remember that this is my own style of making it and when making yours, you may choose to twick it here and there to suit your taste.




-Black Eyed Pea
-Red Pepper (Ata Rodo)
-2 Meduim Onions
-Palm Oil or Olive Oil
-5 Eggs
-2 large smoked fish
-Moin Moin Leaves
-Knorr Cubes (or preferred seasoning)
-Salt to taste

Soak beans for 5mins and wash chaff off. Wash the moin moin leaves and set it ready for use. Then prepare pepper, onions and washed beans for blending.  After blending, you should get a thick paste. Add warm water to the consistency you want; not too watery, perhaps slurry. Then add your palm oil, knorr cubes and salt to taste.

Using the moin moin leaves is optional, you may choose to use small sized cups. 

Wrap a small portion of the blended bean paste in the leaves, add eggs, smoked fish and place in the pot. Steam for about 45mins and its ready to serve.

See below the step by step process on how to make this delicious meal.

 Soak the beans for about 5mins and wash the chaff/skin off

 Once the chaff or skin is removed, it should look like the picture shown above. Try to remove as many as possible.

 Wash and prepare all your ingredients; red pepper and onions ready for blending.

 Palm Oil - This can be replaced with Olive Oil or normal Vegetable Oil


  Smoked fish

 Washed Moin Moin leaves

 All the ingredients

 Put washed beans, add chopped onions and red pepper into the blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth.

 You will get a thick paste

 Add warm water to the paste to get the consistency you want. It should not be too watery. Slurry or medium paste should do. 

 Add Palm Oil to the mixture


 Add knorr cubes for seasoning and salt to taste

 Cut the sticks at the end of the moin moin leaves and place in pot just as a base

 Pick two moin moin leaves as shown above

 Place the smaller sized leaf in front of the bigger sized leaf

 Hold and fold one side side to the right and then the other side to the left as seen above

 Then form into the shape of a cone

 Fold/bend the end carefully as seen above

 Put your moin moin paste/mixture into the cone shaped leaves

 Add your egg and fish as seen above

 Fold one side of the leave again to the right

 Then the other side to the left

 Then bend the top all the way to the bottom to form a wrap as seen above

 Place gently into your pot and add warm water into the pot 

 Steam for 45mins adding some more warm water if needed

 This is what it looks like when unwrapped from the leaves

Serve with a bowl of garri, sugar and cold water to be poured into the garri (preferably Ijebu garri)


  1. OMG!!! But why are you being evil SF!? Why? This looks so delicious! I could pay just for one of those wraps right now...and that Garri!!! Infact, im going to make mine with nylon bags this weekend. U cannot oppress those of us abroad.
    PS: This is a great addition to the blog, i like the diversity you are adding.

    1. Lamina Lovie,

      Don't worry i will post some to you *tongue out*
      Please share pics when you make yours in plastic bags.
      Thanks for always reading. *kisses*


  2. I forgot to add, your kitchen looks so colorful... I like the colorful utensils, plates and all.

  3. so she isn't just about fashion and style, she is also very good in the kitchen i see, or did someone help you?? lol
    There's this richness and diversity about your blog. This is really good, a lot of us have forgotten how to make moin-moin, we are all just about the sharp food; rice, noodles and so on. This is actually giving me a nostalgic feeling of my childhood Saturday mornings.
    There is no way i wont introduce my friends to your blog. i absolutely love it.

    1. Hi Lovie,

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment *blushing much*
      BTW, my kid sister dearest helped with washing the beans.


  4. Olive Says...

    Stylefash you just made me so hungry for moin moin. Mehn you are one tough chic o, cos this meal isn't easy to make but you've made it look like its easy LOL. I am truly inspired, and i'll definitely make this easter break but with cups. That garri is so on point. *ok, signing out before i faint from hunger*. Great job girl. Loving this foodspiration post.

  5. This is one meal i love but dont know how to make. God bless you for this post stylefash. My husband would be very happy. Thought your blog was all about fashion, love this foodspiration addition. This is my first time commenting. But i've never missed any of your blog posts. well done.

    1. Thank you so much lovie. Comments like yours encourage me to keep blogging. Glad the post was helpful.


  6. Excellent attention to detail and pictures at every step. Lovely please do loads more, xx

    1. Hey Lovie,

      Will definitely do more foodspiration post. Thanks for always reading.