Baked Moin Moin

Baked Moin Moin

After making Jollof Farro and stating it could be eaten with Moin Moin, guess what, all I wanted to eat was Moin Moin :-). Luckily beans are allowed in the Doctor Oz 28-Day Shrink Your Stomach Challenge. Even better, most of the ingredients in this recipe are vegetables. For those who don’t know, Moin Moin is a Nigerian recipe made of steam grounded beans, fresh peppers and onions. The ground beans, pepper and onion mixture could also be fried to make another Nigerian dish, Akara, which is equally tasty but less healthy.

I have opted for a healthy Moin Moin recipe, so no palm oil :-(. Palm oil usually gives Moin Moin more of a vibrant orange color and a slightly different taste too (I find it’s extra tasty with palm oil). There are also other optional accompaniments that can be added to Moin Moin for example, eggs, fish, shrimps and corned beef. As Beans are allowed for the dinner part of the challenge, it made things easier for me as it meant I could also add crayfish and shrimp powder to my Moin Moin recipe. I also decided not to include whole grains as I figured I was having beans.

Traditionally, Moin Moin is wrapped in leaves and steamed in a pot but I opted for baking so I used muffin pans and foil to cover the Moin Moin, which made the process easier and less messy. Plus, it tastes just as good as the steamed version. You are going to need at least 2½ to 3 hours for this recipe; 1 hour to soak the beans, about 15 to 20 minutes to peel the skin off the beans, 10 minutes to blend, spice and put in baking tins and 45 – 50 minutes for baking. Believe me, it is worth the wait.

1 cup black-eyed peas (peeled)
1 red bell pepper
1 scotch bonnet / habanero (use half deseeded if you don’t like chili)
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 small yellow onion
1 cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground crayfish
1 tsp ground shrimp
2 maggie cubes
¼ tsp sea salt
2 tbsp palm oil (optional)

Put one cup of black-eyed peas in a bowl with hot water and cover this. I do this because I often suffer from heartburn whenever I eat beans but find this stops the heartburn. Peel and remove all the skin off the beans.

Preheat oven to 350F so it is ready for us by the time you finish blending and mixing ingredients.

In a blender add peeled beans, bell pepper, scotch bonnet, tomato paste, onion and water, blend until mixture has a melted ice cream consistency. Pour ground mixture into a bowl and add oil, crayfish, shrimp, crushed maggie cubes and salt.

Mix well before pouring into muffin tins. This makes about 12 small – medium muffin holes. So make sure you have enough muffin / cupcake pans. Cover the muffin pans with foil and bake in the oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until completely cooked. How do you know when the Moin Moin is baked? Well, it’s just like baking a cake, if you put a knife through it, the knife should come out dry without any liquid.

I had my Moin Moin with Smoked Paprika Chicken, Asparagus and Green Beans.

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