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Moi Moi (Bean Cakes) – Breakfast Recipe

  • Cooking time: 60 minutes
  • Portion: 4 persons


  • 500g beans/black-eyed peas
  • Seven small chilli pepper
  • Four fresh tomatoes
  • Four boiled eggs (optional)
  • Two-half cooking spoons of palm oil or vegetable oil
  • Half clove garlic or ginger leaves,
  • sandwich bags or stainless cups cooked fish/sardines salt and pepper to taste
  • 60g shrimps (optional)

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point to move forward.

– C.S. Lewis

Energy value

  • calories 200kcal
  • proteins 140g
  • fats 4.5g
  • carbohydrates 13.5g
Process before frying:
  • Remove the beans coat.
  • It is important that you do not let salt come in contact with the beans you will use in making Akara until you are ready to fry it.
  • Salt is believed to destroy the leavening property of beans.
  • This is what prevents spattering of the beans batter during frying.
  • Soak the beans in water for Two hours to make it soft enough for your blender.
  • If you will grind it using the heavy-duty grinders in Nigerian markets, it will not be necessary to soak the beans for extended periods.
  • Cut the pepper and onions into desirable sizes.


  1. First, soak the Beans/Black-eyed peas for not longer than 30 – 45 minutes,
  2. wash and peel off the brown back of the beans by rubbing the beans with your palms until it becomes white then wash thoroughly.
  3. Be sure to remove all the brown peels.
  4. Wash the beans till all is clean white, add onions, red chilli pepper, tomatoes, chopped small garlic and a bit of ginger (very little), blend all together.
  5. Boil the eggs, shrimps and fish.
  6. Add Two half tablespoons of palm oil or vegetable oil and seasoning like Maggi/salt then stir, taste if the seasoning is satisfactory.
  7. Slice the egg and shred the fish make sure to remove the bones.
  8. Rinse the leave/sandwich bag/stainless cups, fold into a cone break the bottom backwards to avoid leakage, pour the grounded beans, add few shrimps, fresh sliced eggs and wrap the leave.
  9. Put water in a cooking pan and add all the wraps inside cover to cook for 30mins.
  10. Open one wrap to see if cooked and solid.


  • Instead of leaves use sandwich bags or stainless cups.
  • Make stainless cups by cutting open cans of condensed or evaporated milk.
  • Use palm oil instead of Vegetable oil with enough large red peppers to improve the richness and reddishness of Moi Moi, which makes it more appetizing.