Iresi Eyin- Yoruba Style Local Jollof

Iresi Eyin - local Jollof - Yoruba - Recipe - banga Rice

This is a recipe my grandmother used to make, the combination of Iru (Locust beans) and firewood smoke made this one of my favorite things to eat. For those of us without the luxury of making this with open pit firewood, we will settle for the richness of  locust beans and the savory palm oil . This rice is to the Yorubas what Banga rice is to the Urhobo people.  Iresi is the yoruba word for rice and Eyin depending on the intonation can refer to egg or palm-nut fruit, this is why the Yoruba version of banga soup is called Obe Eyin.

The best part of this dish is that it’s a one pot dish, no sauteing or steaming required. All you need do is combine all the ingredients in one pot and wait for the delicious magic to happen. If you do not have access to palm nut cream, you can use half portion of ordinary palm oil.

Iresi Eyin- Yoruba Style Local Jollof

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Serves: 5

This is a recipe my grandmother used to make, the combination of Iru (Locust beans) and firewood smoke made this one of my favorite things to eat.
  • 1 cup palm nut cream (I used Ghana Fresh)
  • 2 cups parboiled Rice (washed)
  • 2 heaped Tablespoons Iru (Locust Beans
  • Handful Ede (Dried Crayfish)
  • 2 Large Dried Catfish (Cleaned)
  • 1 teaspoon dried pepper powder
  • Handful Chopped Onion
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 cube Maggi Crayfish (Optional)
  • Jollof rice ingredients
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large pot with 3 cups of water, place on high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, simmer until rice is cooked (About 35 minutes)
jollof rice
jollof rice in the making
  • Serve with fried plantain and Ejoy

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    By |December 15th, 2014|21 Comments


    1. Adejoke Otulana December 10, 2016 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      I needed a measurement guide for making banga rice so thanks a lot 🙂

    2. Tolu May 22, 2016 at 4:42 am - Reply

      Can I use Palm oil instead of palm nut creAm

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie May 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

        It wont yield thesame result but the end result should still be tasty.

    3. naijababe July 20, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Hello, I am in the U.S , and I can’t seem to find iru in any African store. Do you know of any online where I can buy Iru?

    4. Adenike April 29, 2015 at 3:57 am - Reply

      The first time i tried Iresi Eyin was whaaooo! My family really enjoyed it. Encouraged with my successful first attempt, i decided to go a step higher the second time and experimented by adding brown beans to the recipe. Unfortunately, the whole pot got spoilt within hours. I wonder what went wrong with the method.

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie April 30, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

        Locust beans can be very finicky I tell you.. did you put the food in the fridge?

    5. Soph April 19, 2015 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      Mwaaaaaaah!!! Just used the recipe and it turned out yummy!!

    6. Debanke April 16, 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Hello please how can I get palm nut cream?

    7. Dayo B March 17, 2015 at 6:56 am - Reply

      Hey 9jafoodie. Do you use the head of the catfish too?

    8. jennyfash February 25, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Beautiful dish. Please the iru, is it d fresh yoruba iru or can I use the black ibo iru. Thanks.

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie February 25, 2015 at 1:02 pm - Reply

        It’s the yoruba type.

        • jennyfash February 26, 2015 at 3:10 am - Reply

          Aiit. Thanks.

    9. ebaby January 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      Good evening ma I must compliment ur good works I really love ur recipes, pls ma in the absence of iru what else can I use?

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie January 23, 2015 at 8:52 am - Reply

        Hello! unfortunately there is no substitute for iru. You can skip it though.

    10. Toyo January 12, 2015 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Hi please am allergic to crayfish and catfish can I use shaki,also can I add sliced tomatoes?

    11. Person December 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      ‘Eyin’ as in re-do is different from ‘eyin’ – re-re. Eyin (re-do) is the Yoruba word for palm-nut 🙂 Just a quick correction. Great recipe.

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie December 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

        Yoruba is such a complicated language. without proper “amin”, things can easily get lost in translation. Thanks for the addition 🙂

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