21 Things Everyone Needs To Eat In Nigeria

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1. Chin Chin


Chin Chin is the crunchy deep-fried snack that originated from Nigeria

2. Fried Plantain Chips

Fried Plantain is one of the easy and fast Nigerian food recipes. It can be eaten with fried egg, omelette, Moi Moi, Custard meal, oat meal, akamu (ogi) etc…

3. Roasted Corn & Maize

 Fresh golden, toasted kernels fall of hot cobs, toasty and fragrant with heat. This is lighter in taste and softer. It will still give your jaws a workout, which is why Nigerians will often refer to eating corn as ‘chewing corn’

4. Ground Nut


5. Suya


The love for Nigerian Suya is not limited to young girls on a first date. Everybody, young and old, loves Suya which is made by roasting fillets of the best parts of beef, dabbed in the perfect Suya spice, at the right temperatures.

6. Kilishi


This is a traditional Nigerian recipe for a classic dish of wafer-thin slices of beef that are seasoned and sun-dried for later use as a snack or as a flavouring for soups.

7. Jellof Rice


This is the most popular Nigerian rice recipe. This is why you will always see it in parties.

8. Nkwobi


Nkwobi is a classic and very popular delicacy originating from the South-Eastern region in Nigeria. Made with cowleg cooked and smothered in thick sauce, it is one of the many culinary delights to be derived from Igbo origins.

9. Amala


Àmàlà is a Nigerian cuisine made out of yam flour and/or cassava flour. Yam flour is yam that has been peeled, sliced, cleaned, dried and then blended into a flour. Yam is white in colour but it turns into a brownish color after it has been dried; this gives àmàlà its thick brown color.

10. Yam Porridge


The Yam Porridge can also be referred to as yam soup. It is mainly yam cooked with ingredients and the resulting dish contains some soupy liquid.

11. Nigerian Moi Moi

Moi moi or Moyi-Moyi is a Nigerian steamed bean pudding made from a mixture of washed and peeled black-eyed peas, onions and fresh ground peppers (usually a combination of bell peppers and chili or scotch bonnet). It is a protein-rich food that is a staple in Nigeria. Some adaptations also put apples in Moi Moi. It originated from either Eastern Nigerian or South-West Nigeria.

12. Nigerian Akara

Akara, also known as Bean Cakes, Bean Balls, Bean Fritas or Acarajé in Portuguese is a Nigerian breakfast recipe made with beans.

13. Egusi Soup


The Nigerian Egusi soup, prepared with melon seeds, is native to the southern part of Nigeria – Igbos and Yorubas. Egusi soup is also one of the most popular soups for all Nigerians and non-Nigerians that like Nigerian fufu recipes.

14. Edikaikong Soup (Edikang Ikong Soup)


The Nigerian Edikang Ikong soup or simply Vegetable Soup is native to the Efiks, people from Akwa Ibom and Cross River states of Nigeria. It is a general notion that the Edikang Ikong soup is very nutritious and this is very much so. Prepared with a generous quantity of pumpkin leaves and water leaves, this Nigerian soup is nourishing in every sense of the word.

15. Bitter Leaf Soup


Bitter leaf soup is one of the most traditional soups in Nigeria. It is native to the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria. The name is quite misleading in that a well prepared Bitter leaf Soup should not have even the faintest bitterness. This is achieved by washing and squeezing the bitter leaves (and changing the water at intervals) till all traces of bitterness has been washed off.
One will be deemed a bad cook if his/her Bitter leaf soup tastes bitter.

16. Ogbono Soup

Ogbono Soup or Draw Soup, is a popular Nigerian soup recipe made with Ogbono Seeds(wild African bush mango seeds). This is one of the first soup given to kids when trying to introduce them to Nigerian soups.

17. Okra Soup


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Okra soup (also known as Okro soup or Lady’s finger soup) is a delicious soup popular in several parts of the world. It is also a popular Nigerian Soup and known as Ofe Okwuru  (Igbo), Obe Ila (Yoruba ), Miyan Kubewa in Hausa  language. Okra is also great for weight watchers and has lots of health benefits.

18. Afang Soup


The Nigerian Afang Soup, like the Edikang Ikong soup, is native to the Efiks, people of Akwa Ibom and Cross River states of Nigeria but enjoyed by all Nigerians. It is also very nutritious as the soup consists mainly of vegetables. Afang Soup is prepared with a generous quantity of Water leaves and the wild herbal Okazi leaves.The Nigerian Afang Soup, like the Edikang Ikong soup, is native to the Efiks, people of Akwa Ibom and Cross River states of Nigeria but enjoyed by all Nigerians. It is also very nutritious as the soup consists mainly of vegetables. Afang Soup is prepared with a generous quantity of Water leaves and the wild herbal Okazi leaves.

19. Gari


Garri (also known as gari, garry, or tapioca) is a popular West African food made from cassava tubers. The spelling ‘garri’ is mainly used in Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Benin, Togo and ‘gari’ in Ghana. Either spelling may be used in Nigeria.

20. Efo Riro Soup


Efo Riro is a traditional Vegetable Soup of the Yoruba Tribe in Nigeria. It is well known for its savory taste and richness. It is actually the Yoruba version of the Efik’s Edikang Ikong Soup, but with a big twist. Efo Riro is prepared with assorted meat, fish, large quantity of green vegetables and peppers(tomatoes are added, sometimes).

21. Pounded Yam


Pounded yam is one of the many yam recipes in Nigeria. it is very delicious and also very popular.

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Nigerian Pepper Soup


The Nigerian Pepper soup is a popular Nigerian soup recipe. It is such a versatile recipe as it can be prepared with different types of meat and fish. Thus there is the Chicken Pepper Soup, the Catfish Pepper Soup (popularly known as Point & Kill), the Goat Meat Pepper Soup, the Cow Foot Pepper Soup and the Assorted Beef Pepper Soup.




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