How to cook Perfect Nigerian Plain Beans

Nigerian Rice and Beans (Plain) with grilled Chicken

Rice and beans simply go hand in hand.

You can either prepare them in form of jollof, as in this Jollof rice and beans recipe or plain as in this other recipe here. Or you can prepare the meals separately and combine them according to your preference(that is, if you prefer more rice and less beans or vice versa).

Today I’ll show you how to prepare the perfect plain beans.

For the steps to make perfect boiled white Rice , please click on this link to take you to a post with detailed explanations.
For the perfect plain beans recipe 

You’ll need:

– 300 g red beans /black eyed beans/brown beans
– 1 medium onion bulb, chopped or ground
– 1 cooking spoonful Vegetable oil(optional)
– 1 stock cube(optional)
– Pepper to taste(optional)
– Salt to taste

Tip: some people prefer to leave out the oil, stock cube and pepper and simply use only water and salt. This also goes well if you want to use that method


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Before cooking :
++Pick the beans carefully and take out stones and unwanted particles.
++To save time and reduce ”gases”, you can soak the beans for 3 hours. Rinse off and set aside
Or alternatively , you can make use of a pressure cooker

To cook the Plain Beans

1. Pour the beans into a pot, add enough water, about 2 inches above  the level of the beans and leave to boil for about 45 minutes or until tender.You can add more if the water dries  before the beans is tender.
Tip: alternatively you can  make use of  1 teaspoonful Akaun(edible potash) or baking soda to soften the beans as it boils or a pressure cooker. In this way the beans will cook between 20 to 25 minutes.

2. When the beans is tender, add the chopped onions, pepper, oil and stock cube(if you’re using); also add salt to taste, mix well and leave to simmer for 5 more minutes  until the liquid in the pot is dried up.

And your Beans is ready. 

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Now that you have your boiled beans and probably followed the recipe for the perfect white rice, you can now serve the meals as you like.

Bon Appétit and don’t forget to leave a comment or feedback, remain blessed 🙂


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  1. Yvonne
    May 3, 2022 / 4:23 pm

    You didn’t say when to add onions

  2. David Erivona
    January 4, 2022 / 1:44 pm

    This was helpful

  3. Olusola David
    December 30, 2020 / 3:57 pm

    Thanks so much this is so educative

  4. Maureen
    November 5, 2020 / 2:12 pm

    Many thanks for this wonderful recipe. God reward you abundantly for your generosity

  5. Chioma Oti
    April 7, 2019 / 10:05 am


    We always used to eat plain beans every Sunday evening, when we were growing up but I never bothered to find out what goes in it. I ll cook it today. Without the oil though. Thanks.

    • April 8, 2019 / 1:42 pm

      Thanks for your comment Chioma
      I’m so glad you’ll be trying the plain beans recipe.
      With or without oil, I’m sure you’ll truly enjoy it.

  6. Anonymous
    March 27, 2017 / 6:48 pm delicious surely I will prepare this coming weekend !Thanks for sharing – you look great.Emily BluntCooking eBooks – Download & Read Free

  7. Chika Ike
    October 23, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Great recipe. Keep it up big sis

  8. Abby
    October 23, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    Looks good

  9. Maribel
    October 23, 2016 / 11:59 am


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