How To Make Delicious Moi Moi: For a lot of people, Nigerians most especially, Moi Moi is a special and savory delicacy. Also known as Bean cake, Moi Moi is a unique meal that can go with a lot of other foods side by side. Some people prefer their Moi Moi made the local way, using plantain leaves to wrap it up, while some just want it in a foil or plate or anything really. One secret to preparing a good and delicious Moi Moi as our mothers would say is having it wrapped in the local plantain leaves, but hey, a tasteful Moi Moi speaks for itself, wrapped in a leaf or not.
Still, some others prefer theirs in the local plantain leaves, and it’s completely fine, in fact, we recommend it. They say it tastes different. Well, we say we can show you how to make yours more unique. Let’s go!
For this food-making process, we will be needing some ingredients, which in actual sense are easy to get. You can even find them in your kitchen, well, except for the plantain leaves and fish.
How To Make Delicious Moi Moi (Beans Cake)
- Fresh pepper
- Fresh tomatoes
- Seasoning cubes
- Ground Nutmeg
- Mackerel fish
- Start off by getting your ingredients ready. Wash and cut your onions into sizeable lumps. Also wash and cut your tomatoes. Get your Mackerel fish ready by washing and cooking it. Also, don't forget to add your seasonings to the fish to spice it up. While the fish is boiling, pour your tomatoes, onions, crayfish and fresh pepper into a blender and kick-start the blending process.
- Check on your fish to see if it's ready, then get it off the heat. Place a cooking pan on the burner and add some oil. As the oil starts heating up, add your blended paste into the oil and stir-fry till it starts to dry up.
- Then add your seasoning cubes, ground nutmeg, and salt. Now, add your cooked fish to the sauce and stir. Also, add your fish water (The water gotten from cooking the fish) to the sauce and cover it for it to simmer for about five minutes.
- Next, we're going to wash the beans and get it ready for cooking. If you have a heavy-duty blender at home, then you should have no worries about how to blend the beans, but if you don't, you can have it ground outside (possibly at the market while buying your ingredients for the meal).
- Soak the beans after selecting the dirt from it. Allow it to marinate in the water for about 5 minutes before proceeding to pour it in the blender and crush it. Once that is done, pour it out into a clean bowl. Now, add water to the beans and start sieving. This sieving process helps to clear out the dirt and the bean's skin. Wash, rinse and sieve the beans till it's clean. Next, pour the beans back into the blender, add some onions, pepper, and seasoning to it, add some water and blend it once more.
- Once that is ready, pour the blended beans out into a clean bowl and add your fried tomato/pepper paste to the beans and stir. Add some more onions (This depends on if you are a big fan of onions, a lot of people do not fancy it, but it helps with the taste though). Now, mix till all the ingredients are well combined. Add some water to the mixture if you think it's too thick. It depends on how thick or light it is.
- You can taste the mixture to see if there is the need to add some more seasoning. If there is, add some more. Once you're satisfied with how it tastes, you can start dishing it out for cooking into Moi Moi plates, Plantain leaves or a Moi Moi pouch. A lot of people sell those now.
- You can either add your eggs to the Moi Moi paste raw or boil them first. Whichever one tickles your fancy and taste buds. Now, before you start cooking, make sure to add water first into the pot you'll be using. Some people like to add little sticks to the bottom of the pot, laid out straight, so that the Moi Moi won't stick (This is for those who use Moi Moi nylons).
- Make sure that the water is enough to cook the Moi Moi adequately. Once you're done filling up the pot with the Moi Moi, cover and let it boil for one hour. Your Moi Moi is ready to be eaten!
Don’t make the mistake of adding too much water to your Moi Moi paste. We can guarantee that you will not like it one bit. Always check on your Moi Moi. Don’t just leave it to boil and walk away to do some chores. A lot of people make this mistake. They feel that because Moi Moi takes a long time to get ready, they can simply let it boil and take a nap. You might wake up to find a “burnt offering” in your pot. Stay alert.
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