Nigerian Beans (Ewa Oloyin)

Nigerian Beans (Ewa Oloyin)

Beans are a staple in a Nigerian household. I remember growing up, my mum would specifically ask for honey beans.  There are three main varieties of beans you can use to make the dish: honey beans (ewa oloyin), Nigerian brown beans and black eyed peas. My favourite is the honey beans because they are sweet and it just takes your dish to a whole new level.


Servings: 8 people

Calories: 141 kcal
For the beans
  • 4 cups Honey beans/ Nigerian brown beans/ Black eyed peas
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Knorr cubes

For the sauce

  • ¼ cup palm oil/sunflower oil
  • 1 scotch bonnet peppers
  • 1 Large onion
  • 1 Large bell pepper
  • 5 tbsp of Jumbo chicken seasoning
  • 2 cubes of Know beef seasoning
  • Smoked mackerel
  • Prawns
  • Any meats you fancy
  • If vegan, replace the seasonings with vegetable bullion

  1. Rinse the beans and place in a deep pot with 7 cups of water along with your onions, garlic and seasoning.
  2. Boil the beans on medium heat until it becomes soft, it could take about 40 mins.
  3. While the beans are boiling, blend the tomatoes, peppers, and onions and set aside.
  4. Once the beans are softened from boiling, drain the water and set aside.
  5. Add the oil to the pan and saute your onions along with the garlic
  6. Once the onions are soft (not burnt haha) add the blended peppers to the hot pan
  7. Add your seasoning and along with your meat ( I personally love adding small pieces of cooked beef – yummy). Cover with a lid for about 20 minutes
  8. Add your mackerel slightly towards the end (we want to keep some of the nutritional elements – just a few haha)
  9. Turn off the heat, and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving


If you really want to live your best life, accompany with some friend plantain. 

Hope you enjoy it x

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