It actually originated from Togo and Ghana but has become a traditional Nigerian meal.
Ewa Agoyin is usually eaten with a soft bread, boiled yams and fried plantains and it tastes realllllllllllly good. Here's how to make it at home.
Ewa Agoyin ingredient
For the Ewa Agoyin beans:
* 2 cups white black eyed beans/red beans
* salt to taste
For the Ewa Agoyin sauce:
4 habanero peppers( ata rodo)
1 large bell pepper (tatashe)
2 roma tomatoes (fresh tomatoes)
1 cup palm oil
2 onion bulbs (chopped)
1 tablespoonful ground crayfish
1 stock cube(maggi, knorr)
Cooking Directions for Ewa Agoyin
----Before you cook Ewa Agoyin---
*Soak the beans for about 2-3 hours or overnight. You can add some baking soda in it to help reduce flatulence.
*Coarsely Blend the tomatoes , peppers and one onion bulb...place in a pot and dry out the liquid in it..be careful not to burn it.
--Now to cook the Ewa Agoyin---
*First, rinse out the soaked beans with fresh water , strain in a sieve and then transfer the beans to a pot. Add enough water to fully cover the beans, cover and cook for about 30 minutes.
*Then add salt to taste and cook until the beans is very soft and the water has dried up. You can mash the beans at the stage, if you prefer it that way. Then set aside.
--Now for the Ewa Agoyin Stew / sauce---
*In a separate pot, pour the palm oil, heat it up on medium heat until it changes from its natural red color to golden...it should look more like vegetable oil now.
*Now add chopped onions, and fry until the onions caramelizes..that is , when the onion turns brown or black..but not burnt.This usually takes some time. Then add some crayfish and fry a bit.
* Add the parboiled tomatoes and pepper mixture to the oil, and fry. Stir continuously until the onions is no longer visible and the sauce begins to darken a bit.
*Now add the stock cubes and salt to taste, mix well...cover and leave to simmer for 5 minutes... put of the heat and your sauce is read to be placed on the beans.
Here you have it, a delicious Ewa Agoyin recipe . You can eat Ewa Agoyin with a soft bread , boiled yams, fried plantains or simply on its own... its delicious .
By Nky Lily Lete