In this guide you’re going to learn how prepare Moi Moi like a pro in just few minutes.
Let’s face it:
Nigerian Moi Moi is a very delicious meal, and so delicious that even those who do not like beans enjoy eating Moi Moi.
But the main reason why people do not like preparing Moi Moi in their homes is because the cooking process is so time taking.
Going through peeling of beans, blending, steaming..
Chickpea Moi Moi steps in right here.
You might be wondering:
What Chickpea Moi Moi is.
I’m glad you asked
It looks like Moi Moi, it tastes like beans and believe me or not it smells and tastes better than Moi Moi!
It is easier to prepare than Moi Moi.
Want to know the best part?
You can prepare Moi Moi with brown beans without peeling.
Here’s the step-by-step process:
To prepare moi moi.
- 1.5 cups of black eyed peas
- 1/2 large bell pepper
- 2 scotch bonnet/ habanero peppers
- 1/2 cup neutral unflavored oil I used sunflower oil
- 1/2 large onion I used a red onion
- 8 oz smoked de-boned fish broken into small pieces
- 3 tsp bouillon
- 3 tsp salt or salt to taste
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup hot boiling water
- 3-4 broad sheets of banana leaves
1. First of all, start by skinning the beans. Simply soak the beans in water for 3 minutes, after about 3 minutes, the skin of the beans should start wrinkling a little bit.
Place the beans in a food processor, with some water,
just enough to cover it.
Pulse the food processor about 5- 6 times to agitate
This process breaks the beans up and separates the skins of the
beans from the beans themselves.
Be careful, some water might splash out of the processor while pulsing the beans.
2. Pour the skinned beans in a bowl.
Rinse several times to separate the
beans from the skin.
Draining the skins with the water with each rinse.
The skins should come off easily because the skins are lighter and should float easily to the top.
3. Once the beans are clean, soak them in water for at least 4 hours or over night.
4. After the beans have soaked, drain the water that they have been soaking in, and rinse the beans one more time.
5. Blend the beans with 1 cup of water, the bell pepper, scotch bonnet
peppers, onions and bouillon.
6. Place the blended beans in a bowl, mix in the oil and salt thoroughly then thin out the mixture with the hot water until it resembles the texture of a light cake batter (you may need less than 1/2 a cup of hot water, just make sure the texture is like a light cake batter).
7. You can taste the mixture to adjust for salt (it is will not taste good at this point since the beans are raw but at this point you are just tasting for seasoning).
8. Prep the ramekins by brushing each one with oil on the inside like you would a cake pan.
Fill each ramekin with the mixture till it is about 3/4 full,
and then top it with a piece of fish.
9. In a deep pot with a properly fitted pot cover, place a sheet of banana leaf, and pour boiling water into the pot till it is about 1 inch deep.
Place the ramekins into the pot, on top of the banana leaves.
The hot water should not be more than half way up the ramekin. Cover the ramekins with a sheet of banana leaf
10. Depending on how wide your pot is, you man need to layer the ramekins in the pot.
To do that, simply place the additional ramekins over the second
sheet of banana leaf that covered the first layer of ramekins, then cover that layer with another sheet of banana leaf.
11. Cover the pot, and allow it to steam on low heat for 50 minutes.
After 50 minutes, check the the Moi moi. Just like a cake, a skewer inserted into the middle of it should come out clean.
If it doesn’t allow it to continue steaming for another 10 minutes.
12. Allow the Moi moi to sit for 5 minutes then serve warm in the ramekin or unmolded.
Now It’s Your Turn
There you have it: a complete guide on how to prepare Moi Moi.
Now I’d like to hear from you:
Will you garnish your moi moi with fish(stock fish, dry fish or cray fish) or egg
Let me know by leaving a comment below right now.