Thursday 6 May 2021

10 Vegan Nigerian Recipes You Must Try

Whether you're new to Nigerian cuisine or want to try your hands at vegan versions of your favourites, these are the top ten best vegan Nigerian recipes you need to try. 

Block out a weekend, stock up on ingredients, and get cooking! 

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1. Egusi Soup

Made using ground melon seeds, this spinach soup is a tasty classic with a rich flavour profile. Serve it with yam, fufu, pounded yam or even rice. Click here for the recipe.

2. Yam and 'Egg' 

Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Simply replace eggs with scrambled tofu and serve alongside a few slices of boiled yam. It's nutritious, still high in protein and incredibly filling. Click here for the recipe.

3. Jollof Rice

This list would be incomplete without this West African classic. Jollof Rice is a one-pot dish consisting of rice that has been steamed in an aromatic blend of peppers and tomatoes. If you make only one dish on this list, let it be this one. Click here for the recipe.

4. Beans and Plantain

A food pairing made in heaven. This high-protein meal is ideal for when you want something that's comforting and relatively simple to make. The beans do take a while to cook but the wait is well worth it. Click here for the recipe.

5. Red Stew (Obe Ata) 

The staple of every Nigerian meal plan is the classic red stew, made by blending red peppers, tomatoes and onion. Add in your preferred meat substitute for a delicious dish best served with rice, yam, plantain, potatoes, and more! Click here for the recipe.

6. Moin Moin 

Can best be described as a steamed bean pudding. Steam in banana leaves for maximum flavour or use ramekins if you don't have access to that. Click here for the recipe.

7. Yam Pottage

A simple one-pot dish that's so unbelievably comforting. If you've never cooked with yam before, this recipe is an accessible place to start. Click here for the recipe.

8. Suya Vegetables

Suya spice is normally used to coat chunks of roasted meat; a popular street food across Nigeria. Here we'll use chunky vegetables and mushrooms instead for a kick-ass vegan version. Click here for the recipe.

9. Nigerian Buns

For a delicious snack that tastes like a doughnut but takes less than half the time to make, have a go at this egg-free and dairy-free version of fried buns. Click here for the recipe.

10. Plantain Mosa

Beyond fried plantain, there's mosa. An excellent way to use up any overripe plantain you may have lying around your kitchen. Can be made sweet or savoury, depending on your mood. Click here for the recipe.

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  1. I’ve got some iru, what’s the first thing I should make? Caveat—the rest of my family doesn’t like cooked greens (I know… 😢). Thanks in advance!!!!

    1. When I see iru, I think of egusi soup. You can cook egusi without any greens. Still tastes good