Moi Moi in Leaves


Moi Moi is a very popular Nigerian dish, it can either be served as a main dish accompanied with pap, garri, custard or as a side for Jollof Rice, Fried Rice or even as a snack with a cold drink. Moi Moi is made from brown beans, blended with bell peppers, fresh peppers and onions. It is traditionally wrapped in banana leaves and steamed, however it can be made in foil paper, plastic bags, small plastic bowls with lids and can be baked. I personally love Moi Moi in leaves because the leaves give it an added flavour. It smells and tastes different when its wrapped in leaves compared with other methods.

Continue to read to learn how i make my Moi Moi in banana leaves.


1 Cup Brown Beans
1/4 Cup Cooking Oil
3 Hard Boiled Eggs
2 Medium Tatase/Bell pepper
2 Small Fresh Pepper
2 Medium Onions
1 Whole Smoked Mackerel Fish
3 Tbsp Ground Crayfish
1 Tsp Curry Powder
3 Stock Cubes
1/2 Tsp Salt



  1. Soak the beans in water to allow the skin the beans skin come off easily and to soften the beans for blending.
  2. After cleaning the beans, blend with peppers and onions till its very smooth.
  3. Place some banana leaves at the bottom of the pot to create a barrier between the moi- moi and the bottom of the pot, because it needs steam to cook and not water. The leaf also protects water from getting into the moi-moi and from burning.
  4. Pour water a little at a time(as needed) at the bottom of the pot underneath the leaves.
  5. Add seasoning to the moi- moi batter
  6. Dissolve seasoning cubes in water before putting in the batter
  7. Add curry powder, Crayfish the add a little salt to taste
  8. Mix the batter with a whisk to incorporate air in the mixture to have a fluffy finish.
  9. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
  10. Scatter some smoked mackerel in the batter.
  11. Add cooking oil and a little water to reduce thickness.
  12. Roll the banana leaves to pour batter in (see how to roll on my channel).
  13. Pour the batter in the leaves, put eggs and smoked mackerel to garnish then wrap, one after the other.
  14. Place all wrapped moi-moi in the pot and cover with some more leaves, then cook on medium heat for 40 or more minutes, then your moi-moi is ready.
  15. Serve with garri, pap or custard.




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Bukie is a Nigerian Food Blogger, Food Consultant and Recipe Developer. She’s a self taught chef who loves creating beautiful yet flavorful dishes. She inspires everyone to cook with simple, easy to follow recipes on her YouTube channel - thekitchenmuse and meal inspiration on Instagram - @thekitchenmuse. She’s the Eloy Award Female Chef of the year 2017. She enjoys musing in her kitchen, developing and testing recipes. She believes any one can cook you just have to find the one ingredient that inspires you.


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