For the Ewa Agoyin beans:
2 cups white black eyed beansor red beans
For the Ewa Agoyin sauce:
4 habanero peppersata rodo
1 large bell peppertatashe
2 roma tomatoesfresh tomatoes
1 cup palm oil
2 onion bulbschopped
1 tablespoonful ground crayfish
1 stock cubemaggi, knorr
Ewa Agoyin is a delicious beans recipe, popular for its mushy texture and tasty sauce. These Nigerian beans will make you a bean lover. Ewa Agoyin is usually eaten with a soft bread, boiled yams, and fried plantains and it tastes reeeeealy good. A lot of people don’t know this, but one interesting fact is that ewa agoyin is an original food of the Agoyin people of Cotonou. Nigerians, especially Lagosians, have happily accepted this meal. I tasted this dish when I came to Lagos three years ago and, guess what?… I’ve been hooked ever since.
Before Cooking Ewa Agoyin:
- Soak the beans for about 2-3 hours or overnight. You can add some baking soda to help reduce flatulence.
- Coarsely blend the tomatoes, peppers, and one onion. Place in a pot and dry out the liquid in it, being careful it doesn’t burn.
How to Cook Ewa Agoyin beans:
- First, rinse the soaked beans with fresh water, strain in a sieve, and then transfer to a pot. Add enough water to fully cover the beans, cover and cook for about 30 minutes.
- Then add salt to taste and cook until the beans are very soft and the water has dried up. You can mash the beans at this stage, if you prefer. Then set aside.
How to Make Ewa Agoyin Stew and Sauce:
- In a separate pot, pour in the palm oil, heat it up on a medium heat until it changes from its natural red to a golden color. It should look more like vegetable oil now.
- Now add the chopped onions and fry until they caramelize, that is, when the onions turn brown or black, but not burnt. This usually takes some time. Then add some crayfish and fry it a bit.
- Add the parboiled tomatoes and pepper mixture to the oil and fry. Stir continuously until the onions are no longer visible and the sauce begins to darken a bit.
- Now add the stock cubes and salt to taste. Mix well, cover, and leave to simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and your sauce is read to be placed on the beans.
There you have it, a delicious Ewa Agoyin recipe. You can eat Ewa Agoyin with soft bread, boiled yams, fried plantains or simply on its own… It’s delicious.