It is served with a spicy stew known as Ewa Agoyin Stew. Traditionally, the stew is made with dried Cameroon peppers and dried red bell peppers with lots of onions.
Some people say they can’t stand the heat of the chilies, so they add tomatoes to their Ewa Agoyin recipe.
But honestly, the one made with tomatoes taste different from the authentic Ewa Agoyin made with dried peppers.
I highly recommend you reduce the dried peppers and add more onions to suit your taste rather than adding tomatoes to Ewa Agoyin meal.
Below is a detailed and easy recipe to make Ewa Agoyin.
Ingredients For Making Nigerian Ewa Agoyin
• 4 cups brown or black-eyed beans
• 2 cups dried chillies
• 4 dried red bell peppers
• 2 medium-sized onions
• 2 small fresh ginger
• 2 tablespoons ground crayfish
• 3 seasoning cubes
• Salt to taste
• Palm oil to taste
Directions For Making Nigerian Ewa Agoyin
• Pick out stones and dirts from the beans. Cook until half done, then rinse and strain. Put the beans back into the pot, add enough water to cover it, add salt to taste and stir.
• Cook for about 2 hours or till the beans is very soft. Then use a turning stick or a wooden spoon to mash the beans to your taste.
Kitchen Tip: Ewa Agoyin dry out quickly after being mashed, the colder it gets, the drier it becomes. So adjust the water level as much as required.
Directions For Nigerian Ewa Agoyin Stew
• Soak the dried chillies and red bell peppers in water overnight or pour a hot boiling water over it and leave to sit for about 2 hours.
• Blend the hydrated peppers with 1 onion, the ginger and half cup of water and set aside. Slice the remaining onion and keep aside.
• Preheat the palm oil on medium heat till the oil is very hot but not bleached. Add the sliced onions and let it fry for about 10 to 15 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
• When the onions is brown, stir in the pepper mixture and cook for about 10 minutes. Then, add the seasoning cubes, crayfish and salt to taste.
• Leave to cook for 5 to 10 more minutes, or till the colour of the pepper changes from bright red to dark red. That's it, your Ewa Agoyin is ready.
• Serve the stew over the Ewa Agoyin or eat with agege bread. Enjoy!
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