I am amongst those food tourists who never get bored of finding new cuisines around the world. Every new destination I visit whether it is a business trip, family holiday or a medical tourism –all of my intention beneath is to discover the local cuisine that soothes more of my taste buds. That scrumptious Nigerian cuisine made me truly happy as I visit Nigeria. It has been listed on top of my food diaries pertaining to the spices, savor, tantalizing aroma and above all, healthy and organic.
In this write-up I am going to discuss the list of commonly eaten foods in Nigeria. Though the westernization impact and Arabian contact as well has made a good emphasis on the Nigerian food basket, the perfect Nigerian meal reflects the diverse culture, fauna and flora to originate a totally unique taste that has evolved over the centuries between more than 500 tribes and languages that accumulates the Nigerian space.
The main course is a classic Nigerian curry, stew or soup served with boiled or dough-up servings of yam, cassava, millet, beans, rice or maize. Soups and stews are carefully cooked with spices and seeds in a broth enriched meat or fish and garnished with leafy vegetables. Plenty of homegrown fruits are also a part of main course which is the typical African culture.
Top Nigerian Foods
In Africa, cooking is the chief task of lady of the house. African families fancy home cooking more rather than dining out. Cooking is taken as a symbol of love and sovereignty for you and your family. All Nigerian men prefer to marry girls who know how to cook and feed the family.
The Nigerian food is spicy enough just like any other country of hot climate. Green and carbs-enriched vegetables pursued by beans; eba and rice are incorporated in several recipe combinations.
Nigerian Fried Rice
Rice is the staple food and cooked in several ways, from boiled rice to banga rice, ofada rice, fried rice, jolloff rice, coconut rice etc. the list is continued. Personally I like the Nigerian style fried rice that is made with eggs, vegetables, corn and prawns. Rice is boiled in chicken stock so the flavor and aroma is enhanced enough to give your hunger the stronger vibe.
Pounded Yam with Egusi Soup
The finger-licking goodness of egusi soup is no wonder why I missed so much after leaving Nigeria. It is the most popular dish of West Africa. It consists of meat, seasonings, egusi seeds, oil and leafy vegetables. Pounded yam is made by pounding boiled yam. It is the signature of Yoruba tribe of Nigeria.
The importance of Jollof rice in Nigerian cuisine is just like Biryani in Asian cuisine and fried rice in Chinese cuisine. No African party is completed without serving Jollof rice to the guests. The dish is made with rice, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, chilli peppers, curry powder, chicken stock and meat.
Amala and Ewedu Soup
Amala is made with yam or cassava flour. Yam seeds are dried and then flour is made with them to give the brown color while Ewedu is a local leafy vegetable that is used in soup. This is the most customary Nigerian food and loved by Yoruba people.
Akara and Pap
Akara is prepared from soaked black eye beans blended to form a paste and fried. They are ideal brunch and snack recipe of Nigerian people. It is served with pap, which is a kind of sweet dip locally known as akamu.
The one thing I observed that Nigerian foods are mostly rich in fiber, munificent amount of leafy and starchy vegetables, fresh organic meat –all are home grown, organic and totally chemical free. Though the recollection of Nigerian meal has again made me curious enough to visit Nigeria again, as the ingredients could be obtained anywhere but the wholesome goodness is just available in the country.
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