Peel Beans Easily in a blender (for Moi moi & Akara)

If you’ve ever prepared Moi moi or Akara from scratch, you know that peeling or dehulling the beans is one of the cooking tasks that discourages a lot of people from cooking these delicious meals.
The traditional method of peeling beans, is done by soaking the beans in water for about 30 minutes to a few hours, then scrubbing the beans in between your palms to peel of the coat. This method is okay, but could be time consuming and discouraging, especially if you’re new to cooking.
But,here’s an easier method, you’ll surely like, no more long soaking; no more scrubbing! no more planning ahead to eat moi moi, now you can have peeled beans in less than 10 minutes. Enjoy!

You’ll need:

  • Beans (Black eyed beans ,Red beans or Lima beans)
  • Water
  • Sieve/colander
  • Blender

1. First, place the beans in a large bowl and pour enough water to cover the beans.
Leave to soak in the water for only 5 minutes.
Tip: the soaking helps to soften the bean coat, without softening the beans.

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2. After 5 minutes, place some of the beans into the blender, pour enough water to make the beans move freely in the blender.
3. If your blender has a ‘pulse’ button, pulse the beans intermittently for 5 minutes(pressing down on the button for like 10 seconds each time).
4.. But if there’s no pulse button, use the normal blender button. Blend for 10 seconds,stop and repeat at intervals to avoid blending the beans. Do this for 5 minutes.
 Tip: you’ll see through the blender jar as the coat peels off the beans.

Peel Beans in a blender, Peel Beans Easily in 5 Minutes (for Moi moi & Akara)

5. Now, pour the content into a bowl and repeat the process for the remaining soaked beans.

6.  Pour some water into the bowl with the peeled beans;As the bean coat floats to the surface, strain the coat through the sieve and leave the white(peeled beans) in the bowl.
 Repeat this process with fresh water until you have all the coat in the sieve.

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Peel Beans in a blender, Peel Beans Easily in 5 Minutes (for Moi moi & Akara)

 Tip: if you see an unpeeled beans in the bowl, don’t worry , simply pick them out and peel with your fingers.

Peel Beans Easily

 And now you have peeled beans, for Moi-moi, Akara and any other recipe that calls for peeled beans.

Let’s say a big thank you, to two Nigerianfoodtv fans (Tinuke&Angel) for this time saving tip☺.

* Nigerian Akara recipe with step by step pics

 * Moin moin recipe (moi moi)

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  1. Love O.
    June 20, 2022 / 11:22 am

    How can I preserve grounded beans for akara from morning to evening

  2. Ndubuisi
    September 25, 2020 / 1:06 pm


  3. Jennifer Oji Iyanda
    March 11, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    God bless you for this solution to washing beans. Came across it today, tried it today and I must confess I was amazed at how efficient it is. Your a life saver

  4. Ugee
    October 3, 2018 / 8:43 am

    OMG. This woman…God will bless u, I've been starving myself of Moimoi cos of this. I'll try it ASAP

  5. Anonymous
    November 29, 2017 / 12:07 am

    please; did you say five minutes? I soak it for like 4-5 hours and it still takes forever. please get back to me about the 5 min thing so I can try it out ASAP

  6. Edith Chukwu
    June 11, 2017 / 5:40 am

    Wow! Tried it & it worked like magic. Was done within 5 minutes. Thank you Tinuke and Angel for sharing. God bless you.

  7. Unknown
    April 3, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Yaaay!!! I just tried this method and in less than 30 mins, i have my beans puree. Now I can make moi mki anytime i feel like. Thanks for sharing

  8. Ann Uche
    August 30, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    mmnnnnn…..Thank you so much!Moi-moi has always been so difficult but this method sounds so easy….I will give you a feedback after this coming weekend

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 27, 2016 / 7:59 pm

      You'll love it Ann 🙂

    • Ovigwe Olumide
      August 3, 2017 / 11:42 am

      Hi, can I use the American pinto beans for making moimoi??

    July 24, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Please what is the name of this blender of yours because i noticed its not the normal tomato and pepper kind of blender

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 27, 2016 / 7:58 pm

      The normal blender will do the same work dearie 🙂

  10. kelikwuma anthony
    February 13, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    Whatbif ubdont have q grinder

  11. Janet
    January 29, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    You are awesome ma. God bless you continually. I love you in a million ways. This site has done me lots of good esp the fact that I love to eat different kinds of food. God bless you over and over again.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 27, 2016 / 8:05 pm

      Thanks Janet, God bless u too hun 🙂

  12. babalola mujidat
    October 25, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Wow tnks a lot Nky I love ekuru buh d tot of peeling d beans coat mks mi sick buh wih dis I can hav my ekuru evry day. Pls Nky it's my husband bthday nd he love chocolate cake so I want to surprise him pls can u help mi wih d recipe. Thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 27, 2015 / 9:50 am

      You¡re welcome hun, I will have the chocolate recipe up soo, but if you are in a hurry, use our ''Nigerian cake recipe''(check for cakes at the top of the page), then add 2 tablespoons of pure cocoa powder and 1 tablet of melted chocolate(you know that chocolates are sold in tablets) and for extra flavour, add quarter teaspoon of nescafe intant..he will love it.. i'll be expecting your feedback 🙂

  13. Cynthia
    July 12, 2015 / 8:29 am

    Nky Lily lete thanks a lot for your awesomeness. I have been pleading with a friend of mine to teach me how to make chin chin,but thanks to your amazing recipe I have conquered my chin chin quest. You really rock.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 16, 2015 / 9:52 pm

      I'm so glad to be of help dearie 🙂

  14. Keyo Bassey
    June 14, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    No way!!! This is the best invention ever for me since the invention of airconditions. I'm making akara tomorrow and I'm trying out the blender peeling method. Thank you soooo much!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 15, 2015 / 8:54 am

      Hahaha abi o :)You'll surely love it , and good to have you here hun.

  15. Anonymous
    March 12, 2015 / 11:45 am

    Thanks so much for this. Please can I use brown beans for this blender method cos you didn't mention it

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 25, 2015 / 11:58 am

      yes you can.

    April 6, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    I just want to say thanks. I have been avoiding making moimoi and akara because it takes forever to wash the beans because I can not lay hands on brown beans but only white beans but with this I can make moimoi and akara everyday. Just finished trying it out and all I can say is brillant idea.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 9, 2014 / 11:53 pm

      Hi Georgina, I'm so glad you tried and liked the method, thank you so much for your feedback, well appreciated 🙂

  17. mum iman
    March 21, 2014 / 11:12 pm

    Wowww tnk u so much dear

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 23, 2014 / 12:15 pm

      You're welcome dear 🙂

  18. Anonymous
    March 10, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    Luv ur wonderful recpies,ur doing a nice work.pls I need a recpie on hw to cook coconut rice.

  19. Anonymous
    March 6, 2014 / 9:12 am

    Great idea, now moi moi making will be easier .

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 8, 2014 / 1:16 pm

      o yes dear, it will 🙂

  20. Tinuke Omoike
    March 6, 2014 / 9:07 am

    Thanks Nky, this method you shared is even easier than my blender method. Thanks for the credit ,even if I don't deserve it.You're a darling.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 8, 2014 / 1:16 pm

      You deserve it dear 🙂

  21. Angel Azuka
    March 6, 2014 / 8:26 am

    Sweet Nky, thanks for the credit.This is one of the reasons I admire you ma. I'll be sharing more tips if you don't mind.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 8, 2014 / 1:15 pm

      Please share more dear, you are awesome 🙂

  22. Anonymous
    March 5, 2014 / 3:31 pm

    Soooo I missed the part where u gave credit to Tinuke and Angel lol….thanks ladies 😉

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 6, 2014 / 8:15 am

      O yes dear, I always give credit to whom it is due.They are wonderfulladies , just as you are dear.

    • Angel Azuka
      March 6, 2014 / 8:24 am

      Thanks Jewel.Nky is a great woman, always so humble.

  23. Anonymous
    March 5, 2014 / 3:29 pm

    Get out of town!!!! How did you come up with such awesomeness?!?! Process looks pretty easy, but we'll see how easy it is for me once I give it a try lol. I have been craving moi moi for a while now, but just the tot of having to peel beans is a huge turn off. My mom and sister came to visit (and these two would do anything for me) both refused to make it because they were not interested in the prep' process lol….ooh btw, I made the scotch eggs with ground chicken, and it turned out really good. I'll be teaching a couple of friends how to make them in the coming weeks…… wish i could share pictures with you……Thanks for taking the time to share your recipes 😉

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 6, 2014 / 8:13 am

      Lol..Aww sweetie, you are such a darling. I love moi moi too dear, but when I remember the wahala, I just lose my appetite 🙂 . Thanks to 2 fans who shared their easy method with me. Please share your pic on my facebook page (Nigerian Foodtv) or to my email [email protected] . Other fans will learn from from you too dear. Remain blessed and I'll love to see more of you here 🙂 Thanks

    • Gbemisola Emmanuella Adedoyin
      August 12, 2014 / 1:50 pm

      I caught u precious!! You seem to be an ardent visitor here.Falling in love with the page myself….The writer makes cooking so much fun.

    • Precious-Jewel Akibon
      August 13, 2014 / 10:29 am

      Hahahaha Gbemi' yep I have been found out! I started craving a lot of 9ja food that I never really cooked when I was back home. As I turned to the Internet for advise NKY LETE came to the rescue! You're right about how she makes cooking so much fun and easy. I heart her?….Cheers love miss ya!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 15, 2014 / 10:51 am

      Thanks Precious & Gbemisola, you ladies rock 🙂