Alapa (Jogi)

Last night I made Alapa. I asked my husband what he would like to have it with. Bread, Pap or Garri and the following conversation happened:

Hubby- ‘are we having moin  moin?

Me- No it’s not moin moin, it’s Alapa.

Hubby- ‘Alapa? what’s that? Is it Sapala? ‘

Me- No it’s not sapala, It’s Alapa also known as Jogi.

Hubby- ‘hmmmm..I have never heard or eaten that. Interesting’

Lol…So I bet most of you haven’t heard or tasted Alapa before. It has been years i ate it myself. My memory of this recipe was of my mum making it during ramadan. It wasnt something she made regularly. She would make it in bulk and even fry some to preserve. I had totally forgotten about it untill my sister asked me to put recipe on the blog just before ramadan started but I was too busy to do it then. Few weeks ago my mum also reminded me that i had not put up the recipe. She refreshed my memory on how to make it and finally here i am posting the recipe. All thanks to my mum for this recipe. Let’s Cook:



Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

Total time; 80 minutes


2 cups peeled beans (For easy method of peeling beans click HERE)

2 cups whole Egusi

2 scotch bonnet

2 bell peppers

2 onion

3 stock cubes


Boiled egg (Optional)

Boiled fish (Optional)


1) Dry roast the egusi seeds


2) Blend together the roasted egusi, peeled beans, scotch bonnet, bell pepper and onions till smooth


3) Pour blended mixture in a bowl and whip with hand mixer for 5-10 minutes


4) Add in crayfish, stock cubes, salt to taste


Tip: Dissolve stock cubes in hot water before adding to mixture


5) Stir well and wrap in leaves, foil, ramekin or plastic container


6) Arrange in  a pot and Steam cook for atleast 45 minutes or till it’s done


7) Alapa is ready


8) Looks just like moin moin but taste slightly different. It is delicious.


9) I served it with two tone Eko (Agidi)


It can be preserved by frying. Just heat oil and deep fry.

Alapa with Agidi

Why don’t you give this traditional recipe a try today? Don’t forget to leave feedback on the blog.


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