Moi-Moi is a very popular Nigerian dish, that makes a delicious savory. It is made from a mixture of peeled black eye peas (or brown beans), pepper, and other condiments. Although it is usually soft and moist, it is never mushy. In fact, it is firm enough to hold its shape and can be served as both lunch or dinner. Do you prefer the baked Moi-Moi or steamed one? Below are simple steps to take when making the Moi-Moi recipe.
What Are the Ingredients Needed for Making Moi-Moi?
The ingredients needed for making this delicious recipe include; brown beans, or black-eyed peas, 3/4 cup of diced onions, two tablespoons of crayfish, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, hard-boiled eggs, red bell pepper (or tatashe medium size), habanero (rodo or scotch bonnet), chicken bouillon cubes, fish (could be mackerel or salmon), and finally, salt to taste.
Basic Steps on How to Make Moi-Moi
Soak the Beans for One Hour
You can actually soak the beans for more than one hour, or even less. It is important to know that the length of the time used in soaking the beans is largely dependent on the type of beans you are using, and how dry it is. If you have a drier for beans, you can use it. In fact, it peels faster than the less dried beans.
Blend the Beans to Peel Out the Skin
After going through the first process, get ready to pour the beans in a blender, and add twice the amount of water that was earlier used to soak the beans. You can blend the beans for three to four seconds per time, and continue with this three or four times. Don’t forget that you are peeling the beans, not blending them.
After doing this, pour the beans into a large bowl. Ensure you add enough water to fully cover the beans. You can now agitate the beans with your fingers, after which the skin will float quickly. Separate the skin from the beans, by sieving it.
Blend the Peeled Beans
Once you are done with the process of peeling the beans, pour the peeled beans into a blender. Ensure you blend it with your red pepper, habanero, and onions. Blend to the smoothest consistency you want.
Now, combine the blended mixture with the remaining ingredients. Do not add the boiled eggs yet. Rather, what you should do is spray or oil the container you want to use, and pour in the mixture. Place the boiled egg over it, and cover the container with a lid. You can also seal it with foil paper if you wish.
Line the Base of The Pot with Leaves
Actually, you can use a foil, paper, stick, or anything that deem fit, in the absence of leaves. Just ensure you line the base of the pot you will be used with any of these things, to prevent the Moi-Moi from burning. You might really not like a burnt Moi-Moi, and it usually doesn’t look nice.
Arrange the Moi-Moi Inside the Pot and Cook till Done
It’s now time to arrange the Moi-Moi inside the pot and cook till done. Actually, this usually takes forty-five minutes to one hour. In some cases, it may take extra thirty minutes, depending on the quantity of mixture in each container.
Remove the Moi-Moi From the Heat and Serve
Once you are sure the Moi-Moi is ready, take it off the heat, and allow it to cool for a while. If you are not sure, insert a toothpick into the middle of the Moi-Moi to check for its doneness. To be sure, the toothpick must come out fairly, and not moist. You can now serve, and enjoy!