Cuisine: 10 Delicious Nigerian Dishes You Must Try



Nigeria also known as the giant of Africa for its economic prowess is a western African country on the gulf of Guinea which boasts a population of about 174 million. Nigerians are proud of their culture especially their food. It is hard to meet a Nigerian who isn’t big on food, and it was even harder to pick just 10 out of their numerous amazing dishes.

Rice And Stew

nigerian rice and stew
RICE AND STEW WITH MEATBALLS AND FRIED PLANTAIN

Nigerians love rice. The stew here could range from basic tomato stew to any sauce. The most popular kind Nigerians use in accompanying the rice is the tomato and pepper stew which has a mix of other spices such as ginger, curry, garlic and more. Usually cooked with chicken, fish or beef for a more unique taste.

Swallow

nigerian swallow
EBA, FUFU, AMALA, STARCH (TL- BL)

‘Swallow’ is a term used in Nigeria to describe the starchy foods that accompany soups. They are called so because they are not chewed but are swallowed in small balls after scooping some soup onto it with your fingers. Some popular swallows in Nigeria include eba, starch, fufu, pounded yam, tuwo shinkafa etc.

Okra Soup

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OKRA SOUP

Also known as Ila Alasepo by the Yoruba people in Nigeria. This soup is made from the okra fruit usually or blended with some spices. The soup is usually cooked with palm oil although some opt for an oil-less soup. It is incredibly tasty when cooked with sea animals such as prawns, crabs, and so on. Eat with Fufu, Amala, Garri, pounded yam

Miyan Taushe and Tuwo Shinkafa

miyan taushe and tuwo shinkafa
TUWO SHINKAFA AND MIYAN TAUSHE

Tuwo is also known as ‘rice fufu’ because it’s made from rice rather than cassava. Miyan Taushe is a soup popular in northern Nigeria made from the pumpkin fruit. The soup which also incorporates grounded peanuts , spices and the sorrel leaf is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy.

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Jollof Rice

jollof rice nigerian
JOLLOF RICE AND BARBECUED CHICKEN

Jollof Rice is the mother of all Nigerian dishes. Nigerians love Jollof rice so much that you would think the food originated in Nigeria. Tasting it might also lead you to believe that because it is yummy, spicy and rich in taste. It can be eaten plain or with coleslaw and plantains on the side.

Side note: you can get the best Jollof rice at Nigerian parties.



Beans And Plantain

beans and plantain
BEANS AND PLANTAIN

Next to Jollof rice, plantain is the young prince of Nigerian cuisine. A slice of fried plantain has the ability to transform the plainest of foods. When paired with beans cooked and spiced in palm oil, you would have a little glimpse of heaven.

Starch And Banga

banga soup
BANGA SOUP

Banga (palmnut ) soup is one that is particular common in the Delta region of Nigeria. It is rich in taste and creamy. Due to delta’s proximity to the sea, the soup usually features a lot of sea animals cooked to taste. Although this can be paired with any swallow, the best to have it with is Starch.

Peppersoup

PEPPER SOUP
PEPPER SOUP

Pepper lovers unite for there is a soup for you in Nigeria. To a non-nigerian, pepper soup might sound like a red plate of misery and diarrhea but to a Nigerian, all they see is a plate filled with cooked animals, highly spiced with no need for a swallow. There are different kinds of peppersoups, each with a unique taste. Some of them are; catfish peppersoup, chicken peppersoup, goat meat peppersoup (isi ewu).

Coconut Fried Rice

FRIED RICE
FRIED RICE

Coconut fried rice is a nigerian fried rice specialty that’s cooked with coconut milk. The rich blend of the coconut milk and the different vegetables used in cooking this food is best experienced than written about. Words would do it no justice.

Afang Soup

AFANG SOUP
AFANG SOUP

Afang is a special kind of vegetable soup cooked with a leaf called “afang” or ukazi by the southern people of Nigeria. It is especially common in AkwaIbom and Cross river states. The soup which is cooked with palm oil is rich and spicy with a slight bitter taste that makes it all so beautiful. The soup is usually ‘blocked’ with periwinkles, dry fish, meats of various kinds. Yumm…

Egusi Soup

EGUSI SOUP
EGUSI SOUP

Egusi is what Nigerians call the seeds gotten from a Melon plant. The seeds are peeled and the insides are blended, cooked in palm oil and spiced. The best swallows for Egusi would be pounded yam, eba and fufu. Egusi is one soup that’s common among all Nigerians. It has a distinct taste that would leave you begging for more.

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