Often called pounded yam, fufu is a staple in Nigerian culture.
While it’s never the main meal, you’ll find that it accompanies tons of other popular Nigerian dishes.
If you’re a fan of starchy foods, you might gravitate towards fufu to complete your meals.
In order to make it, there are usually equal parts of cassava, plantains, and yams boiled together before they are pounded into dough.
You won’t commonly find fufu served with rice or meat dishes.
Instead, it is usually served with soups or stews.
Since fufu is normally eaten with the hands, it is commonly dipped alongside a soup.
Also, put away those utensils!
Fufu is meant to be eaten with your hands.
If you’re a big meat eater, you’ll love suya!
Think of kabobs, and that’s exactly what suya is.
If you’ve had a lot of Nigerian food, it’s probably clear to you that they love their spice.
Just notice the abundance of chili peppers in their recipes.
Anyway, suya is another dish where you’ll definitely be feeling the heat.
There are different meats you might use to make suya whether it is chicken, beef, or even ram.
The meat has to be marinated before it can be barbecued and while the spice can be determined by the cook, peanut flavors are commonly associated with this dish.
This flavor is often added to spices like cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic, and smoked paprika.
A popular street food, these suya skewers don’t need a partner and can be enjoyed on their own.
Another leafy meal, afang soup is another popular Nigerian dish.
If you’re looking for something a little healthier, this would be the way to go.
Mostly made of vegetables, you’ll be sure to get your daily vegetable servings in.
Named after the leaves, Afang soup is made mostly of Afang leaves.
Very simple with its list of ingredients, these leaves are joined by water leaves, ground crayfish, and meats like beef, Kanda, and dry fish.
Note that we said it’s a healthier alternative to most meals.
In addition to the regular ingredients, you’ll need about an entire cup of palm oil.
Moi Moi or Moin Moin – whatever you call it, this is another staple Nigerian dish.
Similar to pounded yam, you won’t often find it at the center of any meal.
Essentially, think of moi moi as the Nigerian cornbread.
Moi Moi is another bean-based dish.
With brown or black eyed peas at the center, it’s made by combining ground grayfish, chili peppers, stock cubes, and an assortment of spices to complete it.
There are even a few special ingredients some often add to moi moi to switch it up.
These include hard boiled eggs, bone marrow, or corned beef.
Once all the ingredients are together, it takes about one hour to cook it to perfection.
If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.
Pepper soup is another Nigerian staple when it comes to traditional dishes.
Like most Nigerian soups, this dish has meat at the center.
While we’ve only talked about beef, chicken, and the occasional ram on this list, this pepper soup is commonly made with chicken or even goat.
With the name solely based on the broth, there is a lot of spices that go into making the broth what it is.
The broth ingredients include peppercorn, cloves, cumin and fennel seeds, ginger, allspice, and more.
This dish wouldn’t be the same without the ingredients that seem to be a necessary for most Nigerian dishes which includes chili powder, ground crayfish, and stock cubes.