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
- 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
- Any meats you fancy
- If vegan, replace the seasonings with vegetable bullion
- Rinse the beans and place in a deep pot with 7 cups of water along with your onions, garlic and seasoning.
- Boil the beans on medium heat until it becomes soft, it could take about 40 mins.
- While the beans are boiling, blend the tomatoes, peppers, and onions and set aside.
- Once the beans are softened from boiling, drain the water and set aside.
- Add the oil to the pan and saute your onions along with the garlic
- Once the onions are soft (not burnt haha) add the blended peppers to the hot pan
- 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
- Add your mackerel slightly towards the end (we want to keep some of the nutritional elements – just a few haha)
- 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