Nigeria is a wonderful country bursting with culture, tradition, and history. Among its many attractions, a favorite among visitors has to be the country’s cuisine. Nigeria’s cuisine is revered as some of the best in the world, and rightly so. The countless ethnic groups in the country add their own personal touches to each of the dishes – the same dish can taste completely new and different depending on the region and its traditions.
For foodies and visitors here is a guide to five of the best delicacies to eat in Nigeria during your stay!
Rice isn’t a central dish to Asian countries alone – Nigeria is another huge consumer of rice. All over the country, different groups add their preferred toppings onto rice, but Jollof Rice is a staple throughout. It’s a one-pot dish containing rice, tomatoes, onions, and a variety of spices, including but not limited to nutmeg, garlic, ginger, and cumin. Different regions may also add vegetables or meat, but no matter the version, it’s absolutely delicious!
Moi Moi is blended beans that can be eaten on its own, but it is best paired with Jollof rice or pap. Moi Moi is a steamed pudding traditionally served in a pyramid or cylindrical shape. It’s made from processed black-eyed peas, ground bell peppers, eggs, and fish – even crayfish! Depending on the local taste, you can find moi moi with different garnishes so this way you can choose your favored one!
Pepper soup is a delicacy eaten nationwide. If you’ve visited the bars in Nigeria, you are probably already familiar with the dish. The soup is extremely versatile, so you might find wildly different versions in different areas. Pepper soup can be made out of a wide range of meat – beef, goat, lamb, catfish, chicken; you name it! Some places even make it from a combination of different meat for the best and most unique flavor!
Nkwobi is a delicacy local to the Igbos in Eastern Nigeria. Although it is a popular dish, you’ll be hard-pressed to find the authentic versions anywhere but Eastern Nigeria. The soup is prepared with cow feet and vegetables – sometimes even a cow’s head! It is topped off with Utazi leaves and palm oil to leave you with tender, juicy meat and a flavorful soup. Despite leaning more on the savory side, it is mostly eaten as a dessert coupled with a glass of wine.
Garri is another staple in Nigerian cuisine. You’ll find that no matter the region or the ethnic group, Garri is a dish that is eaten in almost all Nigerian households – and not without reason! Garri is made from grounded cassava, fried in a pan. One reason it’s so popular is because it is so cheap, easy to make and can be eaten combined with a variety of special soups delicacies like egusi, okro soups and the likes. However, despite its low price, it is well-loved throughout the country, and a must-have, especially if you’re planning on staying in Nigeria.