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beans porridge

Beans Porridge

Beans known as Ewa to the
Yorubas are unpopular staple
foods because it is associated
with bloating, flatulence and
indigestion. Most people have one
reason or the other why they do
not eat beans. Yet, it is advisable
to to have beans in the family
menu especially when you have
young children in the family.
The cooking method detailed
here will help eliminate the
problems associated with beans.
You can learn more about how
you can prevent the problems
associated with eating beans at:
How to Reduce Beans Bloating.
Beans (Brown/Black eyed) - 3
cigar cups | approx. 750g
Red Palm Oil - 3 cooking
Crayfish (1 handful)
Onions – 3 medium sized
Pepper & Salt to taste
Seasoning – 3 Maggi/Knorr
500g Yam/Plantain/Sweet
Potatoes/Baby Corn
Before you cook Beans
Soak the beans in cold water for
5 hours. Boil the beans for 5
minutes and discard the water.
Wash the beans in cold water
and set aside. This soaking and
pre-cooking process will help
reduce the gas inducing
Chop the onions, grind the
crayfish and pepper.
If you will use yam/plantain/
sweet potatoes, wash, peel and
cut them into 1 inch cubes and
set aside. If you will use baby
corn, drain the preservation
liquid, rinse and set aside.
Cooking Directions
1. Put the beans in a pot and
pour water up to the level
of the beans and start
Note: If you have a
pressure cooker,
beans is one of the
staple foods you will
want to use it for. It
reduces the cooking
2. Cook till tender, adding
more water from time to
time, if necessary. Always
keep the water at the
same level as the beans so
that when the beans is
done, you will not have too
much water in the
3. When the beans porridge
is soft, add the onions,
crayfish, pepper and
seasoning. Cover the pot
and keep cooking for 5
Note: To get the
most out of beans,
it is best to cook it
with one of the
following: sweet
yam, ripe/unripe
plantain, sweet
potatoes or baby
corn. If you will add
any of these, this is
when to do so. Then
instead of cooking
for 5 minutes, cook
till the added yam /
plantain / potatoes
is done. The baby
corn should be
added when you
turn off the heat in
step 5.
4. Add the red palm oil, salt
to taste and cook for
more 5 minutes at
medium heat.
5. Turn off the heat, add the
baby corn (if you have
chosen to use it), leave to
stand for 5 minutes and
turn the porridge with a
wooden spoon.
The beans porridge is ready. If
you cooked the beans porridge
without any of the additions,
serve withfried plantain, fried
yam or fried sweet potatoes.

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