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Category : Foods in Nigeria

There are lots of foods in Nigeria and varying recipes across the different ethnic groups existing in Nigeria.

There are also lots of unanswered questions about local Nigerian foods and how to cook them.

What are the best foods for dinner in Nigeria? We will be answering all of these questions and more.

Foods in Nigeria

There are more than 500 different local foods in Nigeria and more than a thousand recipes existing between Nigerian ethnic groups.

Nigeria is termed the giant of Africa and home to 200 million lovely people. Hence, the varying recipes and a plethora of food options.

There are staple foods with varying recipes across the 300 plus ethnic groups that exist in Nigeria.

The same jollof rice might taste and look different as you travel from one ethnic group to another. Although there are popular recipes.

What are Popular Foods in Nigeria

Among the popular foods in Nigeria, Jollof rice stands out as the national food of Nigeria.

Jollof rice

Other popular foods include eba, yam porridge, beans porridge, Akara (beans cake), moi moi (beans pudding), and fried rice.

Also, there are a plethora of soups that are paired with eba or fufu and served as dinner or lunch.

Among the many Nigerian soups, Egusi soup sits at the top of the list. You can learn how to make it by following my recipe.

Lots of Nigerians also argue that eba/soup is the most popular food combination in Nigeria since it is inexpensive and easy to prepare.

What are dinner ideas in Nigeria?

I could make some dinner suggestions although dinner choices vary among different classes of citizens in Nigeria.

I have a typical dinner idea in a Nigerian home below.

dinner in Nigeria

That’s a combination of pap and akara(bean cake), alternatively, I can pair pap and moi moi (beans pudding) and serve as dinner.

I can also serve these foods as dinner – Jollof rice, porridge beans, yam and sauce, noodles, Spaghetti Jollof, fruit salad, moi moi, etc.

What are breakfast Ideas in Nigeria?

A typical breakfast idea in Nigeria is tea and bread for most families.
It could be plain sliced bread or toasted bread as seen below.

breakfast in Nigeria

There are several other breakfast ideas like noodles, a combination of fried eggs/bread, and tea.

In Lagos state Nigeria, a Yoruba-dominated region, a popular breakfast idea is ewa agoyin.

Ewa agoyin is cooked beans that is served with a special kind of stew and a loaf of bread.

Also, lots of Nigerians serve leftover foods from previous nights as breakfasts, foods like rice and beans, jollof rice, rice and stew, etc.

What is a lunch Idea in Nigeria?

Lunch is usually heavy foods like garri(eba) and soup. This is what it looks like.
Egusi Soup

That’s a combination of eba and egusi soup.

Since there are hundreds of soups recipes in Nigeria, You can choose your favorite and pair it with any swallow.

We call them swallows – Eba, semo, fufu, pounded yam, etc. I can pair them with any soup and serve them as food in Nigeria.

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