10 Nigerian Dishes That Don’t Require Tomatoes

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Hello 9jafoodie Nation especially those in Nigeria, eku tomato scarcity. This tomato this is really serious, my mother who typically doesn’t complain about anything even mentioned it in passing. Even though I am currently in Canada, I went through the exact same issue this year. It wasn’t a scarcity per se but the cost of fresh produce went through the roof due to decline in the oil sector. I remember buying 3 tatashe for over 6$, tomatoes that was 97cents per pound was almost 2$ per. After spending over $800 on food in one month for my family of 2.5 (lol), I had to adjust. I started using more frozen vegetables, also found some amazing canned produce options without added chemicals.

I will provide some of those recommendations in my next post but for now, here are 10 Nigerian dishes that can be cooked right now without tomatoes

Nigerian beans and plantain

  1. Stewed Beans

When I was growing up, we typically used Nigerian stew base to prepared beans. Moving to Canada and not having much of anything lead to my discovery of Atagigun (ground dried pepper) in beans. It’s just as creamy as the stew base cooked beans.

To take your beans to the next level; fry the onions in palm oil, add ata-gigun and blended crayfish. Make sure it’s well seasoned then add that into the almost cooked beans. It’s incredibly delicious.

Another beans option that doesn’t require tomato is agoyin sauce. This sauce doesn’t have to be limited to beans; it goes perfectly with boiled rice as well.

Nigerian ayamase ofada dodo

  1. Ayamase

The queen of  Yoruba stews doesn’t require tomatoes and it is one of the most delicious things you will ever experience. Yes that’s right, it’s an experience. It goes perfectly with local ofada rice but the party doesn’t have to end there, Try it on coconut rice and beans and you will momentarily forget your name.

Nigerian okra soup with seafood

  1. Okra Soup (Asepo)

This might be a completely bias opinion but I think Okra is one of the most versatile ingredients in the Nigerian kitchen. There is so much that can be done with it. The famous mixed okra soup aka Ila-asepo doesn’t need tomatoes to shine. Ground dried pepper is all you need to make this delicious pot of amazingness

Nigerian condiment ata

  1. Ata-Dindin

Heard of it? Tried it? This is a condiment that goes a very long way. It doesn’t require tomatoes and the taste is magical. I will caution the pepperless clan though, this sauce is SPICY!

Nigerian coconut rice with fried meat

  1. Coconut rice

Forget Jollof (okay okay I take that back, Jollof is queen), but you know what is completely underrate? Coconut rice. It’s perfectly delicious and doesn’t need tomatoes to shine

Nigerian moimoi

  1. Moimoi

If you know me in any capacity, you know my love for moimoi in unending. The versatility is honesty what keeps me in love. Moimoi is forever bae, doesn’t require any tomatoes and can be served a million different ways

Nigerian vegetable soup

  1. Vegetable soup

It doesn’t matter if it’s Afang style or if it’s the Yoruba crowning glory Efo riro. You do not need tomatoes to make these soups. They can also serve dual purpose as accompaniment to rice or swallow

Nigerian chicken peppersoup

  1. Chicken Peppersoup

No tomatoes, no problem. Just go read the comments on the recipe if you need some convincing

Nigerian stirfry chicken suya

  1. Chicken Suya Sauce

I created this recipe a few years ago and it’s forever on the most prepared list even in my house.  You can make it stirfry style or you can make it a little saucy. Simply swap tatashe (bell pepper) for tomatoes

Chicken curry fried plantain

  1. Coconut Curry Sauce

This is the ultimate reason why you might just be able to say byebye to tomatoes forever. This curry is addictively delicious and goes perfectly with rice. You can choose to make it with chicken, fish or prawns.

What are some of the tricks you are using in your kitchen to keep cost down? what other dishes would you add to this lists?

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By |May 19th, 2016|20 Comments


  1. omolade alo July 8, 2016 at 5:00 am - Reply

    wow 9jafoodie, we are just a stone throw away from you.

  2. moona May 20, 2016 at 9:04 am - Reply


  3. Allyberry May 20, 2016 at 7:21 am - Reply

    Hmmmmm God bless u o…. Hubby is in for some new delicacy… Anytime i’m not sure of what i want to cook i just dash to ur blog…. ???? where hv u bin all my life????

  4. Hannah May 20, 2016 at 6:07 am - Reply

    All things banga don’t need tomatoes, whether from the tin or the actual palm nuts. Yum!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 22, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      indeed! we are blessing in Nigeria, tomatoes cant keep us down.

  5. Eugene Ndidi May 20, 2016 at 4:29 am - Reply

    Great recipes ,especially the one on efo riro and lump egusi.Can’t wait to try them out.Thanks.

  6. Lois Johnson-Mead May 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Hi all… you know you can GROW your own tomatoes too! In containers that water themselves, and you can be assured that there are no pesticides on your food! Just a thought~

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 19, 2016 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      Absolutely, urban agriculture is an option we need to start exploring.

  7. Jane May 19, 2016 at 10:33 am - Reply

    My people in Nigeria, i sympathize oooo… this current tomato scarcity coupled with every other scarcity in Nigeria can cause high bp.
    That said. .. there is a bigger conversation here for me oooo… Ronke, you are in Canada… how did i miss that? I have been a strong follower of your blog… and i always assumed you were in the US. Abeg where are you in Canada… we could be neighbors ooo.. i need to arrange a visit and become your bff asap… im famzing already.. lol

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 19, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      hahahahha… I am. I have lived in Saskatchewan for the past 11 years (runs away)

      • jane May 23, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

        i live in Edmonton. so we are kinda close. its good to know you are in Canada. at least now i can ask specific questions as to where to find stuffs. hope you had a great long weekend

        • 9jafoodie
          9jafoodie May 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

          yes I did! I was actually in Edmonton . Yeiii, happy to answer your questions.

    • Ore Adams May 26, 2016 at 1:43 am - Reply

      Please Please Please, dont come and arrange any visit abeg, The ones that know the in and out of her house never arrange visit, Una come again. Dont make me jealous you oh. Just joking… (‘_’).

  8. Dee May 19, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

    You’re so awesome! I do a lot of ewa agoyin and sauce. These are awesome ideas! Bookmarking this immediately!

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