Top 10 Mouth Watering Best Yoruba Foods That You Can’t Afford To Miss

10 Mouth Watering Best Yoruba Foods That You Can’t Afford To Miss (Ounje aladun mewa ti ile yoruba ti o gbodo je)

The yoruba tribe is basically one of the three main tribes in Nigeria, It is well known to cover a large part of the south-west area and particularly involves 6 main states ( Ogun state, Oyo state, Lagos state, Ekiti state, Osun state and Ondo state). Although, we have a number of yoruba speaking villages in some parts of Kogi state and kwara state.

The Yoruba tribe is well known for its unique culture in terms of dressing, language and food. For the sake of this piece of information, emphasis has been placed on ten dishes or food that you cannot afford to miss! Check Out Mouth Watering Best Yoruba Foods You Should Not Miss Below;

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Top 10 Mouth Watering Best Yoruba Foods That You Can’t Afford To Miss

  • Ikokore/ Water Yam Pottage: This dish is typically associated and originates from ogun state in the western part of Nigeria. It can also be called “Ifokore” It is basically made from grated water yam (ewura). Its delicious and unique taste hits differently when accompanied with a cold drink. It usually is not cost friendly because it requires a whole lot of other ingredients to make it enjoyed properly.
Ikokore/ Water yam pottage Yoruba Food

Ikokore/ Water yam pottage Yoruba Food

Main ingredients: Water yam(ewura), Smoked fish, shaki, ponmo, cray fish, palm oil.

Nutritional information: Moisture = 70%, Starch = 28%, Sugar = 0.5%, Fat = 0.1% – 0.3%, Crude protein = 1.1% – 2.8%, Crude fibre = 0.6 – 1.4%, Ash = 0.7% – 2.1%, Vitamin C (mg per 100g) = 5 – 8%, Vitamin B1 (mg per 100g) = 0.09%, Vitamin B2 (mg per 100g) = 0.03% and Vitamin A.

  • Ewa agoyin/ Mashed beans: This dish is quite different from the regular “beans” meal in that it involves pounding cooked beans or beating it till it is properly mashed. It is eaten along side with peppered palm oil stew. Ewa agoyin (mashed beans) could be eaten with bread, yam, ogi( pap) and any other thing one wishes to use. It is incredibly delicious.
Ewa agoyin Mashed beans Yoruba Food

Ewa Agoyin Mashed Beans

Main ingredients: Beans, palm oil, pepper, potash.

Nutritional information: Ewa popularly known as “Beans” is rich in protein which basically helps build and repair tissues.

  • Ila Alasepo/ Stewed Okro Soup : Ila Alasepo is often called stewed okro soup, this is quite different from the conventional mixed okro soup because the okro is often made on its own and has peppery stew to accompany it. It is often eaten with “okele”. Okele is the yoruba word used for swallows, for example; Eba, Amala, semo, pounded yam.
Ila Alasepo/ Stewed Okro soup

Ila Alasepo/ Stewed Okro soup – Benupdate.com

Main ingredients: Okro, pepper, tomato, onions, palm oil

Nutritional information: okra is generally  low in calories and carbs

  • Iyan/ Pounded Yam : pounded yam is widely known as Iyan and is mostly associated with the Ekiti state area of Western Nigeria. It involves pounding boiled yam without salt till it becomes a dough. Iyan shouldn’t be too hard or too soft, It is often eaten with Efo riro (vegetable soup) in the western part of Nigeria.

Main ingredients: yam and water

Nutritional information: Carbs 103 g, Dietary Fiber 4 g, Sugar 1 g, Fat 6 g

  • Efo riro/ Vegetable Soup: Efo riro is a deliciously prepared vegatable soup that goes well with any “Okele”. It can be taken with pounded yam, Eba, Fufu, Amala. It is usually spiced with the popular “iru” (Locust beans).

Efo riro/ Vegetable soup - Best Yoruba Foods

Main ingredients: Efo (vegetable), Iru (locust beans), palm oil, pepper

Nutritional information: Vegetables generally are low in calories and fats but contain good amounts of vitamins and minerals.

  • Ewedu Soup : This is a typical yoruba soup with entails plucking of the Ewedu leave and mashing it with the Ewedu “broom” to give it its uniqueness. Ewedu soup is classified as “draw soup” accompanied with peppered stew and it is mostly enjoyed with Amala or any other type of “Okele”

Ewedu soup

Main ingredients: Ewedu leave, iru

Nutritional information: Vegetables generally are low in calories and fats but contain good amounts of vitamins and minerals.

  • Gbegiri/ Beans Soup : The populary known “Gbegiri” os made from beans and thats where it drives its name (beans soup). Most times, people from the west enjoy mixing this soup with “Ewedu soup”.It can be eaten with any “Okele” as well.

Gbegiri/ Beans soup - Best Yoruba Foods

Main ingredients: Beans and water

Nutritional information: Beans is very rich in protein which helps build and repair tissues

  • Moin moin ati Eko : This dish is simply beans pudding and cold pap. It is well known in the western part of Nigeria and is best when eaten together. Most times, both Moin-moin and Eko are wrapped in the local leaves as it is believed that it tastes best when eaten from the leaves.

Moin moin ati Eko

Main ingredients: Beans, corn.

  • Asun/ Peppered Goat Meat : Asun as we widely call it gets its popularity from the western part of Nigeria. Some people decide to roast it while some just boil the goat meat and then spice it with pepper. It is not a main course meal but an appetizer and it is extremely delicious.

Asun peppered goat meat - Best Yoruba Foods

Main ingredients: Goat meat,  pepper

  • Ojojo / Water Yam fritters : This meal is greatly associated with the ijebu village in Ogun state, it involves grating water yam and then frying it. It often looks like the well known “akara”. It is highly delicious that i do not think one can get enough of it. The grated water yam is usually mixed with pepper and crayfish and seasoning.

Ojojo / Water Yam fritters - Best Yoruba Foods

Main ingredients: Water yam, crayfish, pepper

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