Adalu (Beans and Corn Pottage)

If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know beans is not exactly one of my favourite food. Infact, growing up I totally hated beans like I gisted in my beans pottage recipe HERE. Now I do eat beans every now and then but my dearest daughters do everything to resist this food. Anytime it’s beans for lunch or dinner they start by protesting ‘mum I don’t like beans’, ‘I don’t want to eat beans’, then they squeeze their faces and eventually because they know mum aint gonna have none of it, they eat amidst protest 80 percent of what is meant to be side to the beans (garri, bread, pap or anything else) and 20 percent of the beans but I’m still thankful because I have hope that eventually like me they will get to a stage where they willingly eat beans. Karma unh? lol.

Adalu is simply beans and corn cooked together. You can use fresh cornn or sweetcorn. Here I have used sweetcorn. The process of cooking adalu is similar to my beans pottage recipe HERE and I have even borrowed some pictures from there to use on here. It’s a straightforward recipe so let’s go:


Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 55 minutes

Total time:1 hour


Black eyed beans

Palm oil

Stock cubes



Pepper (fresh blended or ground dry pepper)


1) Wash beans and cook in a pressure pot. If you don’t have pressure pot cook with a regular pot till beans soft.

IMG_78882) Pour palm oil in a pot and put on medium heat. Add chopped onions and stir for 1-2 minutes before pouring the blended pepper in the oil. Add bouillion (maggi cubes) and salt and let this fry for 3-5 minutes.


3) Add the cooked beans into the pepper mixture and add a cup of water. Don’t make it too watery. If your cooked beans has high water content already you might not need to add water. Cover the pot and let the beans cook with the pepper mixture  for 5 minutes.


5) Use cooking spoon to mash the beans then add the sweet corn.

I like beans melt in the mouth so I make sure beans is well cooked almost pureed before adding sweetcorn. If you don’t like it this way then adjust to your preference.


6) Leave to cook for another 2-5 minutes and adalu is ready to eat.



Enjoy on it’s own or with a side of dodo, garri or pap.


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