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How to Make Nigerian Moi Moi

Nigerian Moi Moi Recipe
• Prep Time:
• Cook Time: 45- 50mins


• Sieve
• Blender/ Commercial Mill
• Medium sized pot
• Steaming Containers: Since moi moi is steam cooked, any of these Containers could be used: Uma leaves(Thaumatococcus Daniellii) With the stems, Aluminum Foil, Santana Nylon, Small plastic containers, e.t.c. 


• Red Hot peppers: (2 Red bell pepper(Tatashey), 5 Chilli (Shombo), 4 Red scotch bonnet pepper(Ata rodo)
• 1 medium sized Red Onion, Whole
• 1 cooking spoon Crayfish, Ground
• ½ Cup Vegetable oil
• Salt to taste
• Fillings: Any Of these could be used ; Shredded fish(Smoked or Boiled), Corned beef, Boiled Eggs, Marrow bones

Preparation/ Directions:::
Steaming Containers: Preferably, i love to use Uma leaves for wrapping because it gives the moi moi the real local flavor. if you are using Uma leaves(Thaumatococcus Daniellii), wash it thoroughly and soak in salted water. Then rinse off with normal water then cut out the stems and set both the leaves & stems aside. If you intend using Aluminum foil, Cut into rectangles and set aside. If you intend Using Small plastic containers (With Top covers) , Wash and set aside.

The Filling: For the filling, If you intend using fish, Remove the bones, Shred and set aside. If you intend Using Eggs, Boil & slice into two or four and set aside. If you intend Using Marrow bones, Season well, Boil and set aside (Without the stock). You can be as generous as you want to be with any filling you intend using.

Step 1: Pick the beans to remove the chaff and place in a large bowl. Add some water and leave for about 5mins before washing so it’d be easy for the skin to come out. This part is tricky because if you soak the beans with the skin longer than normal it’d be more difficult to remove the skin eventually. Wash by rubbing the beans between your hands till all the skin comes off. Sieve off the skin severally with water till you've got only the white beans left.

Step 2: Place the beans in a bowl and soak in water for another 3 hours . This is to soften the beans further so you’d get the perfect texture when you blend. If you intend using a commercial mill, you can skip this step.

Step 3: While then beans soak, Wash the peppers, Onion and set aside. Remember to remove the seeds of the tatashey before washing (it’s usually bitter)

Step 4: Blend the beans with the Peppers and onions till you get a very Smooth but thick mixture (A very good blender with sharp blades would come in handy at this point). Blend till its completely smooth- this may take a few minutes, depending on your Blender. If you don’t have a good blender, You can simply use a commercial mill (Make sure you take your own water). Pour the blended mixture into a large bowl

Step 5: Add the Crayfish, Crushed Seasoning cubes, Salt and Vegetable oil – Stir

Step 6: If you are using the Uma leaves: Line the bottom of the pot with the stems of the leaves then add just enough water to cover the stems. Fold the leaves into a cone/pyramid shape in your hand and secure the thin end by flipping it up. Pour a cup of the beans mixture into the cone, add a little Quantity of the filling and fold up to close.

Place the filled cone gently on the stems in the pot. Repeat the process for the rest of the mixture and finally cover the pot with leaves before covering with the pot cover. If you are Using Aluminum foil, fold and secure one open end, Fill with the beans mixture and Filling then close up the other end. Place in a pot with a little water just enough to cover the first set of filled moi moi within the pot. If you are using plastic containers, place the filled containers within the pot. Add a little water just halfway through the first set of plastic containers within the pot then cover. A steam pot should be used where available.

Step 7: Cover the pot and turn on the burner to medium heat. Leave to cook for about 45- 50mins while adding water intermittently.

Step 8: The moi moi is done Once you insert a toothpick/fork within one and it comes out clean.

Moi moi may be eaten alone, with pap, rice or with eko (Corn or millet pudding). It may also be consumed along with soaked garri.

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  1. Hi Dobby, is it possible to use pressure pot to cook moi-moi as it takes a long time to cook?just wondering. Thanks.

    1. Hello anon! Moi Moi doesn't take a long time to cook. But it is possible to use a pressure pot to cook it.

    2. What if u are using small containers,how do u dress the bottom of the pot?

    3. When using containers for moi moi all you need to do is place the plates in the pot(piled on each other). Add water halfway through the first set below. You'd have to keep adding water once in a while so it wouldn't dry up otherwise it might melt the plastic plates below.

  2. Hi Dobby, I noticed dat you didn't add any crayfish to ur mixture. Was wondering cos I intend to try dis recipe 2nite!

    1. O_o Thanks for pointing that out Anon! Yes you have to add crayfish.Sorry for not including it earlier. Do let us know how it goes.

  3. Thanks. I pray it goes well!!! *wipes sweat*

  4. More recipes plz.. and hoping to start my own mini fast food for students nxt month where I get to make indomie and fries. Plz and suggestions on wat to add to my menu?

    1. There are lots of recipes you could go through on this site. You could check out the recipe index to make it easier :)

  5. Hi Dobby, pls can you really explain how to wrap the foil so that the moi-moi mixture won't leakand to prevent water seeping into the wraps while cooking

    1. Hello Anon! To wrap foil for moi moi, you need to:
      -Cut the foil into a rectangular shape
      -Join the two edges together to form a square pocket then seal up the left and right edges by folding leaving the top open so you could pour in the moi moi mixture.
      -Seal up the top by folding once you pour in your mixture and place in a pot.
      -place all the moi moi sealed pockets on top of each other and add a little water to it (the water should just be on the same level as the first layer of the moi moi in the pot) then steam.

  6. Good job Dobby!

  7. Hello Dobby, You are simply amazing! Thanks for making know how to wrap moi moi leaves and easily peeling off the beans by pulsing the blender. My sister and I tried it and it turned out really nice. My mum was even amazed! Thank you such so much dear. We appreciate you!!!

  8. Dobby,is using pressure cooker preferable to prepare moimoi

  9. Dobby,is using pressure cooker to prepare moi moi better

    1. A pressure cooker is just faster but better for things that take a lot of time to cook.

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