Top 5 foods in Nigeria and how to prepare them
There are varieties of foods in Nigeria with various preparation methods, however, we have select the top 5 highly rich Nigerian foods and how to carefully prepare them for better taste.
Nigeria is a home for fabulously delicious delicacies. In this article, we will look at the top Nigerian delicacies, their ingredients and how to prepare them.
Rich Foods in Nigerian and how to prepare them:
1) Afang Soup
Afang soup has its origin from the south-south, which is Cross river state. Afang soup is enjoyed all over the country and also among Nigerians living in the diaspora.
Ingredients needed to prepare Afang soup:
- Afang leaves, water leaves, meat, dry fish, stockfish
- Snail, seasoning, palm oil, fresh pepper, periwinkles.
How to prepare Afang soup:
Step 1: wash the meat and stockfish and cook until soft.
Step 2: put the stockfish, periwinkle, dry fish and meat in together adding water. Allow it to boil for 2-6 minutes.
Step 3: add palm oil, seasoning cubes, pepper, snails, and salt. Stir and allow to cook for 3-5 minutes.
Step 4: pour in the water leaves, and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Add your afang leaves. Allow the simmering of the soup for about 6 minutes and bring it down from the fire. At this juncture, your afang soup is ready for consumption.
2) Egusi Soup
Egusi soup is one of the most popular foods in Nigeria that is mostly consumed by all tribes. It is made with grounded melon seeds.
Egusi soup ingredients:
- Melon seeds, beef, stockfish, ugwu leaves, or bitter leaf, palm oil
- Seasoning cubes, onion, dry fish, pepper and salt
How to prepare egusi soup:
Step 1: put the beef in a cooking pot, add stockfish, seasoning cube with sliced onions, add water and allow it to boil until soft.
Step 2: pour palm oil into an already heated pot, allow to fry for 2 minutes, add your onions, allow it to fry for 1 minute and add a little water.
Step 3: Add the already boiled meat, stockfish to the already boiling oil, salt to taste. Pour your grounded egusi into a plate, add a little water to it, turn it and then it little by little in the already boiling soup, cover it and allow it to cook for 5 minutes.
Step 4: slice, wash and add your ugwu leaves, allow it to boil for the next 5 minutes to allow softening of the ugwu leaves. Bring it down from the fire and your egusi soup is ready for consumption.
3) Banga Rice
Banga rice is among the popular foods in Nigerian. It is mostly consumed mostly by all tribes in Nigeria, it is one of the best food you can find in any good Nigerian restaurants, hotels, and homes of Nigerians.
Banga Rice Ingredients:
- Rice, prawns, pepper, (grounded), Banga soup spice, crayfish, fresh shrimp, seasoning cubes, habanero pepper
- Palm-nut oil, scent leaves, smoked fish, meat, and onion and salt.
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How to prepare Banga Rice:
Step 1: cook palm nuts until soft, drain and pound the nuts in a mortar, once all flesh is crushed, pour in little drops of water and drain while squeezing; use the fresh oil to prepare the rice.
Step 2: add the dry pepper, onion, seasoning cube, prawns, crayfish and smoked fish. Allow to boil; then stir in the rice and then reduce the heat of the fire. Add salt to taste, cover with a foil paper for about 15 minutes.
Step 3: stir in the fresh shrimps along with crushed habanero pepper and scent leaves. Turn heat down to the lowest heat or totally off and cover the foil for about ten minutes. Thus will give in more rooms for the stream to cook the rice. Serve after 10 minutes.
4) Fried Rice
Fried rice is mostly consumed by Nigerians, It is mostly prepared during occasions. It is a rich Nigerian delicacy.
Fried Rice Ingredients:
- Rice, peas, green pepper, vegetable oil, meat
- Curry powder, green beans, carrots, onions, seasoning cubes, thyme, cabbage (optional), pepper, and salt.
How to prepare fried rice:
Step 1: parboil rice. Allow to dry, then vegetable oil into an already heating pot. Allow the oil to fry for 1 minute, add shield onions and leave it for 1- 2 minutes.
Step 2: chop the carrots and green beans, wash and pour into the cooking pot. Allow cooking for 2 minutes, then add curry powder and stir until you are satisfied.
Step 4: Add cabbage (optional), green pepper, meat, grounded pepper, seasoning cube, then stir.
Add the parboiled rice, cover your pot and allow cooking for 8 to 10 minutes.
5) Owo Soup
Owo soup has its origin from the south-south part of Nigeria. It is a rich Nigerian delicacy that is mostly loved by the southern.
Ingredients: Goat meat, palm oil, cubes, potash, tomatoes, habanero pepper, smoked fish.
How to prepare Owo Soup:
1,) boil and season the meat, add your blended tomato to it.
2) add crayfish, smoked fish and pepper, allow to boil for a few minutes.
3) dissolve potash about half size into the soup, add seasoning cubes, then allow to cook for few minutes. You will notice that the addition of potash has caused the watery stock to thicken a little; bring it down and let it cool down a little. Stir in palm oil into the soup.