Traditional Nigerian Food, 15 Of The Best Dishes The Country Has To Offer
Ogbono soup is another classic on this list of Nigerian dishes.
This dish is primarily centered on the seeds – ogbono seeds.
The seeds are used as a thickening agent for the soup after they’ve been grounded.
While many people just eat the soup and pair it with pounded yam, a previous dish on this list, others choose to add tons of other ingredients and flavors to their Ogbono soup.
Some might add meat like beef and chicken.
Even for vegetarians, this dish could be complete with seafood like fish.
For vegans, Ogbono soup can be finished purely with vegetables like your favorite leafy greens whether it’s spinach or kale.
While jollof rice usually has all the glory when it comes to Nigerian dishes, ofada rice is another popular alternative.
Commonly called unpolished rice, this rice hasn’t been genetically modified like white rice.
Just be warned when dealing with ofada rice!
Because it has not gone through the process of most rice you’re use to consuming, it is common, if not expected, to find stones and dirt in your ofada rice.
Removing them before you begin preparing them to eat is crucial.
Rinsing the rice is also exceptionally important.
Trust us, after the first wash, you’ll see how dirty the water is.
After, the rice can be prepared as normally as other rices.
If you’re from the islands, you might call it plantains.
When it comes to Nigerian dishes, they refer to it as dodo.
Many people don’t know how to read the difference between plantains and bananas.
As a matter of fact, some people think they’re the same thing.
Plantains or dodo start off as a bright green and as they get riper, the skin begins to turn black.
As this happens, the dodo becomes sweeter making it a delicacy in many countries.
Just as one would with plantain, it can be cut and fried to a sweet treat.
While it can be served as a snack on its own, it’s often served alongside meat dishes.
We love deep-fried everything, and Nigerian puff puff is another thing to add to the list.
This deep fried dough is another popular street food.
If you’re wondering what this could be compared to, think of beignets.
This sweet treat is simple in its preparation.
All it takes is flour, sugar, yeast, water, salt, and oil.
Once you try up these delicious dough balls, feel free to sprinkle some powdered sugar over the top.
Last, but not least, on this list is banga soup.
Also called Ofe Akwu, the main part of this dish are the palm fruits used to make it.
Other ingredients to make this dish what it is are Nigerian staples of beef, dry fish, and vegetables.
Don’t forget the other dish staples that include chili pepper and ground crayfish.
Like other popular Nigerian soups, banga soup is commonly served with fufu.
Traditional Nigerian Food Conclusion
If there’s one thing we can deduce about Nigerian food, it’s that it’s flavorful!
With half of the dishes requiring chili pepper, you better hope you can take the heat!
From popular staples like egusi soup and jollof rice to treats like chin chin and puff puff, we’re ready to dive right into the country’s most traditional dishes.
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