Ewa Agoyin: How to cook Ewa Agoyin

Ewa Agoyin: How to cook Ewa Agoyin

Ewa Agoyin is a delicious beans recipe, popular for its mushy texture and tasty sauce.This Nigerian beans recipe will make you a beans lover. 
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 ingredients

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
1tsp salt
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.

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–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.

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*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


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  1. Rolayo
    August 18, 2019 / 4:23 am

    Thanks Sis! We use tauka in the north to achieve Agoyin beans fast. It is safer than potash and also reduces flatulence. It is made from burnt guinea corn stalks.

    I was once told of using dry pepper seeds for a sauce, is it a substitute for this sauce.

    • August 18, 2019 / 4:50 pm

      That’s interesting Rolayo.
      And yes the dried pepper seed is great
      but don’t make use of the seeds alone.
      Add some tatashe too to give the stew some ”bulk”.

  2. Anonymous
    June 30, 2015 / 10:06 am

    This is good u are greatttt deariee

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 1, 2015 / 2:49 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    April 29, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    u are a pro

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 30, 2015 / 6:20 pm

      thanks 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    April 13, 2015 / 10:21 am

    Cant wait to try it.thnks nky

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 22, 2015 / 11:11 am

      you're welcome hun 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    April 8, 2015 / 9:50 am

    Pls wat is habanero pepper nd roma tomatoes

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 8, 2015 / 4:52 pm

      Ata rodo and fresh tomatoes.

  6. Anonymous
    April 8, 2015 / 9:50 am

    Pls wat is habanero pepper nd roma tomatoes

  7. Anonymous
    September 28, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    Thank you so much you are the best. I tried your fried rice recipe , it was so good that a friend thought I bought the rice from an eatery and my family loved it so much.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 29, 2014 / 12:48 pm

      Thanks for your lovely feedback sweetie, I'm glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  8. Anonymous
    July 28, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    Hello dear thank you so much for this recipe I'm a big lover of African food and been trying to learn for my Nigerian boyfriend. He will be very happy, the rice turned out just how he makes it!!! So happy! thank youuuuuu

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 8, 2014 / 1:19 pm

      Good to have you here dearie, I'm so glad to be of help 🙂

  9. Doropretty
    July 2, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    Thank u very much ,u make me remember back home dat we will be waiting for the pple dat sell ewa agoyin wit agege bread#smile #.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 7, 2014 / 1:55 pm

      Abi my dear,sweet memories,now we can recreate it anywhere we are 🙂

  10. Anonymous
    March 4, 2014 / 9:36 am

    thnks i've been looking for d agoyin sauce

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 6, 2014 / 8:23 am

      You're welcome dear 🙂

  11. Grace
    January 27, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    greattttttt! will try this soon. Thanks dear

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 27, 2014 / 2:17 pm

      You're welcome 🙂

    • Anonymous
      April 11, 2014 / 2:10 am

      Will do dat soon as well

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 22, 2015 / 11:03 am

      ok 🙂