Beans are the second most common food in Nigeria after rice. Because it is associated with bloating, bloating, and poor digestion, many avoid it. But since beans contain many nutrients, it is recommended to include them in the family menu, especially when you have young children.
Bean porridge is one of the most accessible foods to prepare and is also highly nutritious.
Ingredients for Beans Porridge
- 3 cups of beans with brown/black eyes
- red palm oil
- 1 medium onion
- Pepper and salt (to taste)
- 1 large bucket
- 500g yam / banana / sweet potato / sweetcorn (optional)
- Crabs (optional)
Before cooking cooked beans
- Soak the beans in cold water for 5 hours.
- Cook the beans for 5 minutes and discard the water.
- Wash the beans in cold water and set aside.
- This soaking and the pre-cooking process will help reduce the gas-inducing elements.
- Chop onions, grate crabs (if using) and pepper.
- If you are going to use sweet potatoes/bananas / sweet potatoes, wash, peel and cut into 1-inch cubes and set aside. If you plan to use baby corn, strain, rinse, and set aside the preservative.
- Put the beans in a bowl and pour water over the beans, and start cooking.
Note: If you have a pressure cooker, beans are one of the essential products you will want to use. It significantly reduces cooking time.
- Cook until softened, adding water from time to time.
- Always keep the water at the same level as the beans so that when the beans are ready, you do not have too much water in the pulp.
- When the beans are soft, add onions, crabs (if using), pepper, and spices.
- Add the palm oil, salt to taste and cook over 5 minutes over medium heat.
- Turn off the heat, add the corn (if you choose to use it), simmer for 5 minutes, and turn the pulp with a wooden spoon.
- Bean porridge is ready. If you have cooked bean porridge with no additives, serve with fried plantain, fried yam, or sweet potato fries.
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