Top 10 Yoruba Foods You Should Know and Try

Nigerian Cuisine: Top 10 Yoruba Foods You Have To Try

When it comes to Nigerian foods there’s plenty to delight in it beyond jollof rice and egusi soup and pounded yam. The best way to most people’s heart and love is through good food and entertainment, this is one thing the Yoruba tribe are very good at doing. The Yoruba people are very good in presenting exquisite cuisines which are very mouthwatering with a touch of African spice. Here are some of the tastiest Yoruba foods you should find and try. Also want to learn how to cook these dishes? You can get visual and practical inspiration from some of the finest Nigerian chefs.

Amala, Ewedu and Gbegiri soup

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Amala is made from yam into flour and Ewedu is a leaf blended into watery soup. This delicacy is a local dish of the Oyo state people. They like the Amala softly and hot with Ewedu and Gbegiri known as beans soup. It is served at important occasions.

Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup

Nigerian Cuisine: Top 10 Yoruba Foods_Egusi soup

Pounded yam is mostly eaten with egusi (melon soup). Pounded yam is made by boiling yam without salt and pounding it. Alternative pounded yam is using ready made yam flour but it doesn’t taste like the original. The Ondo and Ekiti people are known to be fond of pounded yam, some other People like their pounded yam with Okro soup. When the Ondo people are expecting important guests, they take their time to make this delicacy. It is believed that when you are offered this food, you mean so much to the person.

Tuwo Alagbado

Tuwo Alagbado is a meal made from corn. It is one of the most delicious food eaten by the yorubas. Tuwo is mostly served with Gbegiri (beans soup), Ewedu and spicy sauce.

Ewa Aganyin

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Every Nigerian beans lover is crazy about Ewa Aganyi. Ewa Aganyi is made up of cooked beans and pepper sauce. It is a delicious beans dish, well-known for its softness and tasty sauce. It is normally made when twins are born or a child with the umbilical cord over his/her neck is born. For these special children, it is believed that beans must be cooked whenever they have special events such as wedding, birthday etc.

Local Jollof Rice

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The local jollof rice made by the Yoruba tribe is a mouth watering dish.  A glimpse at the dish could make one salivate. The rice is a local rice unlike the polished one,  cooked with locust bean, crayfish, prawn, dry fish, cow skin, palm kernel oil and seasoning cube.


Nigerian Cuisine: Top 10 Yoruba Foods_Adalu

Adalu is a combination of beans and corn, pepper and palm cooked together with flavourful seasoning and spices. Most Yoruba’s ate lots of this delicious meal when growing up, so they have deep love for it.

Moi Moi

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Moi Moi is a Nigerian staple food which is very rich in protein. Moi Moi is a cooked bean pudding made from combination of grounded – pealed beans, pepper, and onions. It is very delicious and tasty.

Semovita and Efo Riro

Nigerian Soup Recipes: Efo riro
Efo riro soup. © Matsecooks

Semovita has become a popular food in Nigeria especially among the Yoruba speaking area, it serves as an alternative for Pounded yam. People who do not want to go through the stress of pounding yam prefer eating Semovita. Semovita is usually taken with Efo Riro (Vegetable soup) which makes the meal more delicious and nutritious. It can be taken with any type of soup. Semovita is made from bleached wheat and grinder into powder.

Akara and Pap

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Nothing makes your Saturday morning better than waking up to the sweet aroma of Akara (beans cake) with freshly made pap. This meal is so delicious and tasty. It seems like everybody’s meal timetable for weekends is akara and pap. You will hardly find a house where Akara and Pap is not on the table on Saturdays.

Ofada Rice

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Ofada Rice is locally grown and cultivated in Nigeria by the Yoruba. What makes it special is its unique flavour and aroma. The local rice is  mostly served with pepper sauce with palm kernel oil and different parts of meat.

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