Nigerian Adalu recipe

Nigerian Adalu recipe

This was one my favorite things to eat growing up, I have intense love for beans and corn so this is a perfect marriage. This combination is known as adalu among the Yoruba people. It’s deliciously savory and doesn’t require a whole lot of finesse to make. Make sure the water is almost all dried out from the beans before you add in the other ingredients.




  • Brown or black eyed beans – 2 cups
  • Cooked Corn – 2 cups (Substitute frozen kernel corn)
  • Onion (chopped) – 1/2 medium size
  • Palm oil – 1/3 cup
  • Ground crayfish – 1/4 cup
  • 1 large bell pepper, 2 hot peppers (Blended)
  • 1/2 cup Bonga fish  or smoked turkey (optional)
  • Maggi – 2 cubes
  • Salt- To taste


  • Set a large pot on medium heat; add in 6 cups of water , cover and bring to a boil. add in cleaned beans. Leave to cook for up to two hours or until the beans is fully cooked. Drain to remove excess water.
  • Place a clean pot on medium heat, heat up oil. Add in onion and fry until slightly brown. Add in ground crayfish. Add in blended pepper and cook until reduced.
  • Season with maggi and salt.  Add in drained cooked beans and corn. Stir. Add in 1/2 – 1 cup of water. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

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By |April 20th, 2011|18 Comments


  1. Zulaihat Abdullahi Mahmoud March 13, 2017 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Woooooooow! This looks delicious and easy to make! Let me try it and make it my first Yoruba food!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 27, 2017 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Hhahah… do let me know how it turns out.

  2. Kedi January 28, 2016 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Thanks Ronke I’m a south African married to a Yoruba man you’ve just made my life so easy.Keep it up n God bless

  3. Lizzie August 21, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Interesting. It is like githeri or nyoyo in Kenya only that here we boil our maize and beans together at the ratio of 1:1 after which it is fried. It can be fried just like that or other condiments like beef, potatoes, carrots and peas are added. I sometimes add groundnuts. If you are into spices one can add Maggie cube for 9ja while here we useRoiko. Parsley always gives it a feesh

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 23, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Ho sounds yum!!! please share a recipe.

  4. Suzie April 6, 2015 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    can you please include a beans and plantain porridge? thank yoou

  5. Stella January 25, 2015 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Can I use sweet corn

  6. Dayo B October 13, 2014 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Oooh I just finished making this for lunch and it is delicious! 9jafoodie, can you please include a beans and yam recipe? Very much appreciated. Thanks

  7. Sarah September 10, 2014 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    please where do you get smoked turkey from?

  8. […] loosely followed this recipe I found on Youtube. Made it a second time and it tasted a little like adalu. I would have really liked to make it with ground turkey but I could not find that anywhere. Def […]

  9. tobi February 22, 2014 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Hi, your blog is doing good for us. my question is do i cook the corn first or do i just add raw corn when i am adding the other ingredients to the beans and let it cook then

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 28, 2014 at 7:34 am - Reply

      if you are using fresh corn, you need to precook it

  10. sapphire July 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Please what is the local palance for CILANTRO. Thank you

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