Traditional Nigerian Food, 15 Of The Best Dishes The Country Has To Offer
Located in West Africa, Nigeria is a beautiful country with even better culture.
With the rise of afro beats in the musical world, it seems that everyone is finally paying attention.
Nigeria is known for a few things.
In the world economy, it is known for their former capitol of Lagos and their production of oil.
In the world of entertainment, Wizkid and Davido have shot to the front of our favorite radio stations.
If you have Nigerian friends, you might hear them mention their family being from a particular tribe like Hausa-Fulani, Igbo or Yoruba.
With all that makes up the culture of Nigeria, there’s still one thing that combines the entire country and its people – the food.
There are many, delicious traditional Nigerian dishes, and we’re here to count them down for you.
Here are the best dishes the country has to offer.
If there’s one item that has to be at the top of any list of traditional Nigerian dishes, it would have to be jollof rice.
A staple in meals, the rice is made with rice, tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, salt, spices, and chili peppers.
While the rice is delicious enough to eat on its own, it is often served with some kind of protein whether it is chicken or beef.
Often served with meat, jollof rice is also seen served with plantains or vegetables as well as other classic Nigerian dishes like moi moi.
Nigerians might claim jollof rice as their own, but there is an ever-present debate on whether jollof rice originated from Nigeria or the other West African country of Ghana.
You’ll sometimes find jollof rice at a traditional Nigerian wedding.
Everything is better when it’s fried, isn’t it?
Probably not health-wise, but when it comes to taste, we can definitely jump on that boat.
Appealing to everyone’s preferred level of crunch; this fried snack can be served soft or crunchy enough to break your teeth.
While chin chin can be shaped into any series of shapes, there’s one thing that remains the same, and that’s its delicious ingredients.
And by delicious, we mean very bad for you.
Chin chin ingredients are very simple.
They include butter, eggs, sugar, flour, and seasonings.
The amount of butter can be adjusted based on how soft you might want your chin chin to be but don’t go overboard or it might crumble in the end.
When it comes to Nigerian culture, there are tons of popular soups.
Egusi soup might be the most popular.
This dish is characterized by the egusi, or melon seeds.
While egusi is found all over Nigeria, the name changes based on which tribe you’re talking to.
The Igbo tribe refer to it as Ofe Egusi while the Yoruba tribe call is Efo Elegusi.
The name might change but the basis of the dish remains the same.
A fish dish, the ingredients normally include melon seeds and dry fish.
Other ingredients that might differ from people to people are the vegetables and seasonings used in the dish.
Efo Riro is another traditional Nigerian dish that can best be described as a vegetable stew.
Hailing from the Yoruba tribe, this dish is typically made with Efo Shoko or Efo Tete, two particular green vegetables.
While it’s clear that these aren’t available everywhere, this dish can also be substituted with other greens like spinach or kale.
Heartier than a soup, this stew contains a lot of ingredients, the main ingredients being assorted meat and fish.
Some options that are commonly used are beef, smoked fish, dry fish, and cow tripe.
Other ingredients include your selection of a leafy vegetable, peppers, ground crayfish, and chili peppers.
Efo Riro is often served with pounded yam.
Bean cakes or fritters?
Akara or Kosai?
Whatever you call them, this is another popular traditional Nigerian dish.
With a different name depending on your geographical location in Nigeria, people from the north might call it kosai while southerners refer to it as akara.
While these fritters are small, there is quite some time needed to get them prepared.
When preparing this dish, the beans should be soaking for a couple days before continuing through the rest of the recipe.
In order to complete the dish, one would need ingredients like onions, ground red pepper, chili peppers, salt, and the classic palm oil that is seen in many Nigerian recipes.