Nigeria’s unique traditional food dishes follow the West African culinary culture. Nigerian cuisine uses spices and herbs as well as palm oil or groundnut oil to make their special sauces and soups. Their dishes are always colorful and diverse which makes the food very special and worth tasting.
Of course, listing the best Nigerian food dishes is a subjective process, but here are the most famous and delicious dishes worth mentioning:
- Jollof rice: Its base ingredient is rice, with tomato pepper and onion plus scotch bonnets. Mixed vegetables can be also added for a holistic experience of taste.
- Akara: Deep-fried bean cakes ideal for breakfast or for a snack. You can use peeled brown beans, ground and blended and add onions and spices. It might not be your average food choice for breakfast but is definitely worth a try.
- Bean and plantain pottage: This is a pottage made of beans and plantains. For smoky food fans, brown beans can also be used with palm oil to add a unique taste to the dish.
- Suya: A famous street food, Suya is grilled meat mixed with spices and chopped onions. These tasty skewers are a specialty of the Nigerian people.
- Zobo: Zobo is not quite a food dish, but a drink mainly made of Roselle plant which is a hibiscus plant located in west Africa. Many recipes are found to which you can add fruits, sparkling water or lemonade.
- Moin moin: This dish is made of peeled brown beans with onions, bell pepper, palm oil and spices, with banana leaves. It’s delicious and can be eaten with rice.
- Edikangikong: This is a vegetable soup made of Ugwu (pumpkin leaf) and Gbure (waterleaf), spinach can be also used instead, with a mixture of meat and fish. Edikangikong is without a doubt a soup you want to taste.
- Dodo: Dodo is one of the easiest recipes to cook and surely one of the most delicious. It’s made by deep frying plantain (a savory kind of banana) cut in slices, circles or cubes. Dodo is ideal as snack food or a side dish.
- Ogbono: This soup is made from ground Ogbono seeds (African mango seeds) with palm oil and spices. It can be cooked with vegetables, meat or fish for a more diversified taste experience.
- Efo Riro: This is a classic Yoruba delicacy. A soup that mixes green vegetables with meat or fish.
Nigerian food brings you a special and distinguished mixture of spices, ingredients and taste. Indulge in the country’s rich dishes for an exquisite meal.