Beans which is known as ‘Ewa’ by the Yoruba people, Beans is rich in protein and good for growth. It is very advisable to have it in menu especially in a family with young children.

However, beans can cause bloating, flatulence and indigestion to some people. The recipe and cooking method below will help to eliminate these problems.

Here is a recipe on how to make Nigerian beans porridge:


  • 750g of brown/black eyed beans
  • Red palm oil (enough to colour)
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • Chilli Pepper & Salt (to taste)
  • Bouillon cubes (To taste)
  • Grounded crayfish ( Optional)
  • Yam OR plantain OR sweet potatoes


  • Soak the beans in cold water for 5 hours, boil the beans Boil the beans for 5 minutes and discard the water. Wash the beans in cold water and set aside. This soaking and pre-cooking process will help reduce the gas inducing elements which is one of the problems associated with beans (as mentioned earlier).
  • Chop the onions and blend the pepper and crayfish (if you are using crayfish)
  • If you will use yam/plantain/sweet potatoes, wash, peel and cut them into cubes and set aside. Then continue from the next step below.


  • Put the beans in a pot and pour water up to the level of the beans and start cooking.

Note: If you have a pressure cooker, beans is one of the staple foods you will want to use it for. It reduces the cooking time considerably.

  • Cook till it’s very soft, adding more water from time to time, if necessary. Always keep the water at the same level as the beans so that when the beans is done, you will not have too much water in the porridge.
  • When the beans is soft, add the chopped onions, pepper and crayfish (if using crayfish), and seasoning (Bouillon cubes)
  • Add the red palm oil, salt to taste and cook for more 5 minutes on medium heat.

Note: To get the most out of beans, it is best to cook it with one of the following: sweet yam, ripe/unripe plantain, sweet potatoes. If you will add any of these, this is when to do so. Then instead of cooking for 5 minutes, cook till the added yam/plantain/potatoes is done.

The beans porridge is ready. If you cooked the beans porridge without any of the additions, serve with Fried or boiled Plantain, Yam or sweet potatoes.

Bon appetit!

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