Awiesu is a popular Nigerian dish known for its rich flavors and combination of ingredients. This recipe combines yam, plantains, and beans to create a hearty and nutritious meal. With the addition of spices and seasonings, this dish offers a delightful blend of flavors and textures. Whether you’re looking to explore Nigerian cuisine or want to try something new, cooking awiesu is a great choice.
- large pot
- cutting board and knife
- Wooden spoon
- ripe plantain
- vegetable oil
- cray fish
- ground pepper
- curry powder
- Rinse the dried black-eyed beans under cold water and soak them in water overnight or for at least 4-6 hours. Drain the soaked beans before cooking.
- In a large pot, add the soaked beans and enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for about 30-40 minutes or until the beans are tender. Drain the cooked beans using a colander and set them aside.
- In the same pot, add the vegetable oil and heat it over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic, and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant.
- Add the diced tomatoes to the pot and cook for a few minutes until they soften.Stir in the ground crayfish (if using), ground pepper, curry powder, and salt. Mix well to combine the flavors.
- Add the cooked black-eyed beans to the pot and stir them into the tomato mixture. Allow them to cook together for about 5 minutes.
- Add enough water to the pot to cover the beans. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
- While the beans are simmering, prepare the yam and plantains. Peel and cut the yam into chunks and slice the plantains.
- Add the yam chunks to the pot and cook for about 10 minutes until they start to soften.Add the sliced plantains to the pot and continue cooking for another 10 minutes or until all the ingredients are tender.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add more salt or spices according to your preference.
- Once the awiesu is cooked and the ingredients are tender, remove the pot from the heat and let it cool slightly.
- Serve the awiesu hot, either as a standalone dish or with a side of vegetables or protein of your choice.