Moin Moin - Moi Moi Recipe
Moin moin or moi moi (bean paste pudding) is a popular Nigerian dish made from peeled beans, peppers, seasoning, oil and other ingredients. It is nutritious and delicious.
- 1 cup Black eyed peas or brown beans
- 2 Bell peppers
- 1-2 Scotch bonnet
- 1 large Onion
- 3 Bouillion (maggi) cubes
- ¼ cup Ground crayfish or whole crayfish or mix of both
- ¼ cup Oil Palm oil or vegetable oil
- Salt to taste
- Boiled Eggs
- Mackerel fish boiled and deboned
Peel the beans. The easiest way to do this is by using blender. Click HERE to see how.
Cut, wash, season and boil the mackerel fish. Set the stock aside for use later. Debone and shred the fish.
Blend the peeled beans with scotch bonnet, bell pepper and onion. Blend as smoothly as possible.
Using electric mixer, mix the blended beans till fluffy. This will take roughly 5-10minutes.This is the second determinant of the texture. If you want very fluffy Moin Moin don’t skip on this part. If using palmoil, heat the palm oil in a pan and leave to cool to lukewarm. Heating the palmoil prevents curdling or raw taste of palmoil in moin moin.
Dissolve the maggi in ¼ cup of hot water and leave to cool.
To the blended beans add the dissolved maggi, the fish stock from mackerel, salt to taste, crayfish and mix well.Add water to have a not too thick mixture. This part is another important determinant of the end result moin moin. You do not want a stone hard Moin Moin or one you will be scooping like water.
Add sunflower oil or palm oil or combination of both to the beans mixture. That’s the mixture ready for cooking.
To Wrap in leaves (Moin Moin Elewe)
Layer the inside of your pot with from the leaves, add a little water and put a leaf on top. If you don’t have that with your leaves as they don’t sell leaves with this in the UK find an alternative to base it. I use old baking pan for this.Wash the leaves thoroughly in warm water.Fold the leaf, put in the beans mixture put a portion of the mackerel and egg, seal leaf and place in the pot.Repeat this process till you’ve used up the beans mixtureCover the moin moin wraps in the pot with leaves to lock in steam before finally covering with the pot cover.Check every 8-10 minutes to add water till moin moin is cooked. This will take about 45 minutes to an hour and the leaves would have changed colour.Serve and enjoy
Oven baked or Microwave moin moin
You can also steam moin moin in the oven or make use of microwave. For detailed instruction, check my post on oven baked moin moin and for making it in the micfrowave, check microwave moin moin post.
Watch video below. Visuals help.
Eat moin moin on it's own or serve with sides like Agege bread, pap, custard or garri.