Fonio Cereal/Acha Pudding: the African Super Grain Porridge

Fonio is a drought resistant, gluten-free, nutritious (cystine and methionine loaded) ancient super grain mostly grown in the Western Sahel region of Africa, and this Acha pudding or fonio pudding recipe uses it in a delicious breakfast porridge which will absolutely blow your expectations of oatmeal away!

Fonio Cereal/Acha Pudding: the African Super Grain Cereal

Happy New Year! I took a brief break for the holidays but I am back!!! With the new year, I like a lot of people have quite a few new action plans. One of the plans I have for the year is to celebrate African food even more here on Yummy Medley, and to challenge you guys to break your diet norms and explore the world of African and Afro-Tropical food. In keeping with my new year resolve, I will be sharing with you the merits of one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s treasures, Fonio. Fonio is a drought resistant grain mostly grown in the Western Sahel region of Africa, and this fonio recipe uses it in a porridge consumed in diverse variations, and is referred to as Acha pudding or fonio cereal in Nigeria.

Fonio Cereal/Acha Pudding - ingredients and toppings for the fonio recipe

Nigerian Akara (Accara/Acaraje): Black Eyed Pea Fritters

Nigerian Akara (Accara/Acaraje) are tasty fried black eyed pea fritters/bean fritters that can be served alone or with a side of of starch (like pap, garri, custard or porridge) with a kaani dip or in a burger.

Nigerian Akara Recipe (Accara/Acaraje): Black Eyed Pea Fritters - Akara fresh from fryer

The other day I shared my recipe for Moi moi, and if you recall, I said that Moi moi was one of my favorites, but that I had other dishes that were also on my favorite list. Akara (also known as Accara or Acaraje) is another favorite of mine and is quite easy to make. Nigerian Akara is one of the most common breakfast staples in Nigerian homes and a very popular street snack as well. You will commonly find this black eyed pea/bean fritters delicacy sold by street sellers on its own or as part of what is locally called “Akara burger”, where a local bread favorite called “agege bread” (so called due to its popularity in the streets of Agege Lagos, Nigeria) is stuffed with several pieces of akara resulting in an amazing snack somewhat similar to a falafel burger (but much better in my obviously biased opinion!). In this Nigerian Akara recipe, I show how to easily make the fluffiest, most delicious black eyed pea fritters (or bean fritters to my fellow Nigerians who also make them with brown or honey beans) and use them in my own elevated akara burger recipe.

Moin Moin/Moi Moi Recipe: Steamed Black Eyed Peas Pudding

Moi moi (also called moin moin) is a delicious, savory steamed bean pudding made commonly in Nigeria from a mixture of blended black eyed peas or beans, peppers, onions, and spices.

Moin-Moin/Moi Moi Recipe: Steamed Black Eyed Peas Pudding - moin moin dished on a plate

Not too long ago, if you asked me what my favorite food was, I would have said Moi moi, hands down. Nowadays, I have a handful of favorite foods, but Moi moi remains close to the top of the list. Moi moi (also called moin moin) is a  delicious, savory steamed bean pudding made commonly in Nigeria from a mixture of blended black eyed peas or beans, peppers, onions, and spices.  This moin moin/moi moi recipe uses smoked trout, but you can switch it out for any other cooked fish, corned beef, boiled eggs, or omit the animal protein altogether and make it vegan.

Thieboudienne: Senegalese Jollof Rice and Fish

As a Nigerian myself, I thought that nothing could rival Nigerian food in this spot, but after I tasted the National dish of Senegal, Thieboudienne, there was a mini war for my food heart. Thieboudienne is a mouth watering rice and fish dish that is like nothing I had before.

Thieboudienne: Senegalese Jollof Rice and Fish

I am trying not to start my recipe posts with the usual “I love…”, so here goes  my attempt. Once upon a time, I was introduced to a Senegalese restaurant in downtown Baltimore by one of my dear Cameroonian friends. This trip created a soft spot in my food heart (aka my belly) for Senegalese cuisine. As a Nigerian myself, I thought that nothing could rival Nigerian food in this spot, but after I tasted the National dish of Senegal, Thieboudienne (also known as Ceebu Jen, riz au poisson, thiébou dieune, tíe biou dienne and thieb-ou-djien) , there was a mini war for my food heart. This Thieboudienne recipe is a mouth watering rice and fish dish that is like nothing I had before.

An Egusi Stew Alternative: Nigerian Almond Stew

Egusi soup is a West African dish made with a local melon seed (Egusi). I thought since Egusi is a seed and almonds are a nut, they could be similar… well I was right!

Egusi Stew Alternative: Nigerian Almond Stew - Stew served with Eba

Afro-tropical Recipes, Savory | April 24, 2017 | By

I struggled for a little while coming up with the title of this recipe. As some of you may know, this picture looks like your typical egusi soup, but it is not. I, like many people I know live in “abroad”, which means I don’t always have easy access to African ingredients. Luckily for me, I do have an African store close by, so I don’t always struggle to find my home ingredients. Truth be told, African stores don’t come close to providing as much variety as is found back home, but… it meets the needs here just fine. One day however, I ran out of Egusi (melon seeds) to make Egusi stew or Egusi soup…

Nigerian Eggplant Stew/Garden Egg Stew (Aubergine Stew)

Eggplant Stew/Garden Egg Stew/Aubergine stew is one of those delicious recipes I remember eating back at home with boiled yam or fried plantains on weekends

Nigerian Eggplant Stew/Garden Egg Stew (Aubergine Stew)

I love when my mom or my mother-in-law (aka my other mom) come over to my home to spend sometime with me. I always learn a ton from them, especially in the kitchen and in the market place. On a recent visit from my mother-in-law, I re-discovered my love for eggplant stew/garden egg stew (also known as aubergine stew to our British friends). My mom and I went to an Asian market that had tons of produce, we were picking out vegetables when we spotted some Thai-eggplants or as we call them at home, garden eggs. We decided to pick them up and make a simple yet delicious eggplant/garden egg stew.

Nigerian Buns Recipe (without Eggs or Dairy)

This recipe shows how to Make Nigerian Buns without dairy or eggs, and with a touch of spice, they’re fluffier, taste so much better and are hard to resist!

How to Make Nigerian Buns - Three buns in focus with others in background

A while back, I shared my puff puff  recipe and while I raved about my love for those drop donuts, I have a new fried love: Nigerian buns. It might be because there is no wait time for the mixture to rise, or that I prefer the texture in general, but I currently prefer Nigerian buns over puff puff any day. Now, this love is kind of complicated because I generally do not like the way buns is prepared sometimes. I like the simple and easy version of buns, no milk, no eggs. Eggs change the texture of buns to one I find undesirable, and milk gives it an odd flavor that I personally do not prefer. This recipe shows how to make Nigerian buns without dairy, eggs or any fuss and yet still get that fluffy texture and great taste!

Nigerian Spinach Stew (Efo Riro): Yoruba Style

This spinach stew locally known as “Efo Riro” is guaranteed to be one of the most savory and delicious spinach recipes you will ever taste!

Nigerian Spinach Stew (Efo Riro): Yoruba Style - Dished and ready to eat with fish and a starch or rice

I’m sure most of us have already come up with (and hopefully not yet broken) some new year resolutions. If you’re like me, the majority of your new year resolutions tend to focus on a more healthy lifestyle. One specific resolution I made this year was to eat more vegetables in 2015, I even bought a squash the other day… (still not sure what I’ll be making with it, but more on that later). One of my favorite vegetables is spinach, and though that word sometimes triggers distasteful memories of its bland taste usually unmasked by boring recipes, or disguised in green smoothies, allow me to introduce you to a very common Nigerian recipe that will change the way you feel about this vegetable forever! This spinach stew locally known as “Efo Riro” is guaranteed to be one of the most savory and delicious spinach recipes you will ever taste.

Cameroonian Fish Rolls

Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside; these scrumptious fish rolls are a great Cameroonian snack that goes perfect with tea.

Cameroonian Fish Rolls - Plated and Ready

When I had fish rolls as a kid they sucked! My mom never made fish rolls, and the ones that I bought from street vendors and fancy restaurants sucked! Then I grew up and made friends from Cameroon that made awesome fish rolls; nothing like what I had as a kid. A perfect combination of a crisp and light crust with a savory fish filling. Let me tell you the story of how I shifted from hating fish rolls and share the recipe that made me fall in love with them.

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