The wide variety of ethnic communities found in Nigeria means that the nation located in West Africa has a varied and rich culinary tradition. As much as there are different delicacies depending on where a person is in the country, there are some staples and ingredients that cross state borders. It is impossible to include all the dishes in an overview of the country’s favourite foods, it is better to choose ten of the dishes mentioned by most Nigerians when asked about local food. Here is a look at 10 Nigerian foods you must eat before you die part 2, we recently published a related article which you can locate by following the link below
Delicious Nigerian Foods You Must Eat Before the End of the Year
11. Jolof Rice
Surprisingly, this type of food is not just limited to Nigerians but is actually quite popular across other West African countries. Jollof rice is quick and easy to prepare, making it the recipe to go for by most chefs and cooks. Just as is the case with other rice-based meals in the country, it is served on certain special occasions as well as other social events. Its main ingredients include rice, onions, tomatoes, chillies and a wide range of spices. Often, it is served with chicken, but can also be served with fish or vegetables. Some chefs serve Jollof rice with peas or beans and is one variety of savoury dishes served across the world.
12. Pounded Yam with Nsala (White Soup)
Pounded yam happens to be one of the most popular fufu dish varieties that accompanies numerous of Nigerian delicious stews and soups. Fufu is a dish prepared by boiling starchy vegetables such as yams, plantains and cassava, and then pounding them into a dough-like mass. Pounded yam can either be made by pounding raw yams or mixing hot water and yam powder. It may be difficult to make the dish from scratch, but at all costs, the taste difference makes the effort worthwhile. Though it is best complemented with Nsala soup pounded yam can also be served with a variety of soups such as Ogbono, Egusi and Okro soup.
To many Nigerian soups, Garri can be a popular complement. As a matter of fact, in some parts of Nigeria, if you’ve not eaten Garri or Fufu before the day is over, that means that the day is not complete. It is prepared from cassava tubers that have been fermented, but the tubers must undergo peeling, washing and grating into a mash prior to being fermented. The product gotten from this is then dried by frying it in a hot pan, after which it is kept in a form of fine flour to be used anytime. Garri can be eaten as dough or as a snack that is served with soups and stews. It is one of those Nigerian foods that are not exclusive to religion, tribe or geography. It is rare to meet a Nigerian who has never eaten this meal in one form or another.
Suya is a meat delicacy which is eaten all over the country. The food is simple, made with fish or meat rubbed in spices and then barbequed on a skewer. Often, the spice mixture utilized is made up of ginger, peanuts, various stock flavours, peppers and fried onions. Suya can be found on the street corners of any major city or town in Nigeria and is often consumed in the evenings.
15. Afang Soup
Although it originated from the South-south state – Cross River State, Afang soup is now enjoyed all over the country and in the diaspora. The soup uses Afang leaves and water leaves together with meat, dried fish, snails and seasoning. The meal takes about an hour to prepare and is often served with fufu or Garri.
16. Efo Riro
Efo Riro is a Yoruba delicacy originating from Western Nigeria. It is a hearty vegetable stew made using vegetable and meat. Usually, it includes a mix of meats including chicken and offal. Often, water leaves or pumpkin leaves are utilized in the stew, but some cooks use frozen spinach to jazz it up.
17. Egusi Soup
This is one of the most popular Nigerian foods eaten by all tribes. It is made with ground melon seeds to make the soup thick. Other ingredients include seafood, red meat and onions. Egusi soup is usually served with pounded yam, fufu or Garri.
18. Puff Puff
This is a fried doughnut that is often served by people offering entertainment or as a treat during parties. These small and round balls can be easily prepared since it hardly uses any ingredients. As they require deep-frying, they can be quite oily.
Also known as fried plantains, this dish is a great stand-alone meal as well as an accompaniment to numerous meals. They are easy to cook, as all that is needed is peeling, slicing and frying and you’ll have your meal ready.
This fried bean cake is served across the country as one of the most popular Nigerian foods eaten across tribes. It is called Akara in the south and Kosai in the north. It is often eaten as a snack with soft bread or together with pap or custard for breakfast. It can also be eating alone or with a peppery sauce.