How To Prepare My Nigerian Recipe - Beans And Corn Dish

Published: 27th September 2011
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Beans remains one of the most versatile foods of the legume family as it not only replaces worn out tissues and cells of the body but also strengthens the body components and vital organs.

The dish for today is beans and corn which is also called "adalu" in the western part of Nigeria but it is a dish that is a favorite My nigerian recipe amongst Nigerians both home and abroad. Usually the measurement depends on the number of people the dish is meant for and all others apply. This dish is for four people. It is easy and simple to prepare and involves the following steps:

o Beans white or the brown variety – 2 milk cups
o Ground crayfish – half cup
o 1 big onion diced up or blended according to individual choice
o Pepper either dry or chili that is blended but the chili gives the dish a tasty aroma and nice flavor when compared to the dry pepper. In this case we use 4 chili peppers washed and blended.
o Smoked fish - 1 big one for 2 small ones
o Maggi any type depending on individual choice but for this dish, we use knorr cube – double variety
o Salt to taste
o Fresh corn from the field or market that is deshelled and the corn removed from the cob or husk
o 2 soup spoonful of palm oil

Note: some people actually use sugar to cook their beans and it comes out sweet but because I practice healthy cooking and living, I will not get into it but if you are interested please by all means go ahead. At the start of the cooking precisely when the beans has cooked for some time, add the sugar either 2 or 3 tablespoon again depending on the number of people you are cooking for and preparing the dish.

o Measure out your beans and remove dirt and sand, wash and set aside
o Wash the corn and remove any particle and set aside
o Set a clean pot or sauce pan with water on heat, allow to boil and pour in the beans and allow to cook periodically checking the level of the water for about 20 minutes so that it doesn’t become too soft
o Add the corn to the dish after the time-out and mix gently with a spatula or a wooden spoon to prevent the dish burning.
o Cook for another 15 minutes until the corn becomes slightly soft.
o Add the rest of the ingredients one after the other but do not stir or else the food will burn.
o Cook for another 20 minutes or more for the whole dish to blend together and remove from heat
o Bring the pot down and stir gently to properly mix the whole food together and serve immediately.

This My nigerian recipe can be eaten by itself with a nice chilled drink for lunch or again it can make a very good light supper with a glass of warm milk to prepare you for a peaceful night sleep.

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