Moi Moi Elewe (moimoi in banana leaves)

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Moi-moi or Moin-Moin is one of the most popular dishes in Nigeria. It’s made from pureed beans and served primarily as an accompaniment to breakfast porridge. Moi moi can also be served with a side of garri or bread. Traditional moi moi is wrapped in Banana or ewe eran leaves. For those outside Nigeria, you can find frozen banana leaves in speciality asian food stores.

There are no limitations on what you can add into your moi moi – some people use fish, kidney, corned beef etc. moi moi with loads of additional protein added is usually called moi-moi Elemi Meje (meaning with seven lives).


  •  Black eyed beans 2 cups
 (peeled and cleaned)
  • Palm oil – 1/3 cup
Medium Onion – 1/2 (chopped)
  • Eggs – 6 (Boil 4 eggs, peel and slice)
  • Red bell pepper (tatashe) – 1 (chopped)
  • Crayfish powder (ede) –  1 tablespoon
  • Scotch bonnet pepper  (ata rodo) – 1- 2
  •  Maggi – 2 cubes
  • Salt- *to taste*

Other : Banana leaf or Ewe eran for wrapping



  •  In a blender combine beans, onion, 1 cup water and red bell pepper. Blend until smooth
  •  Crack the two uncooked eggs into the batter
  •  Dissolve salt and maggi cubes in two tablespoons of hot water and add into batter
  •  If using palm oil, bleach on high heat for 2 minutes and set aside to cool. Add cooled oil to batter  (DO NOT ADD HOT OIL into batter)
  •  With a whisk or turining pin (Omo orogun) – mix batter thoroughly
  •  Do a quick taste test on the batter and adjust for salt as needed
  •  Add 2 cups of water to a large pot, gently place some banana leaves in the water
  • Add 2 ladles of batter into a coned banana leaf (as pictured), add some boiled egg slices  into each pack. fold gently to cover (as pictured above)
  • Gently place the cone inside the pot. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until batter is finished.
  • Cover and steam on medium heat for 45 minutes-1 hour

Serve and enjoy moi oi with a side of Pap (Ogi), cutard, jollof, bread or alone.

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By |October 22nd, 2012|18 Comments


  1. jlo March 8, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply

    I would prefer using vegetable oil to palmoil instead. Nice one dou

  2. Maria Phil Ariyo February 5, 2016 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    You are just wonderful. Thanks for the tips, they are very useful for my family.

  3. Jen December 5, 2015 at 5:22 am - Reply

    I didnt know u can add raw egg to moi moi ooo, and pls be adding the step by step pix. It will really help

  4. flofash November 25, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Is it okay to use this moi moi stainless plates that are sold on konga. They come with covers. Thanks.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      I haven’t seen those. care to share a link?

  5. fausat July 9, 2015 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    But the banana leaf can not taste like the traditional moi moi u know, but a great idea though

  6. vivian November 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I find it difficult to use ewe ….

  7. tamara September 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    i wanna know why you have to place an empty leave in the water first before placing the wrapped batter

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 12, 2014 at 8:12 am - Reply

      Hi! it’s so the moimoi does not come in direct contact with the water- you are steaming the moimoi and not boiling it.

  8. omoshine September 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Hello 9jafoodie, must say a big well done to you. You give me great African food ideas and I so appreciate them. My only criticism is that you don’t specify measurements i.e 2 kg water, 500 ml etc, you just say 2 cups this, 1 cup that. Would be great if you could incorporate this into future recipes please.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 12, 2014 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Thanks! A cup is a standardized unit of measure and easily accessible, instead of the alternative which is a scale.

  9. oo July 13, 2014 at 10:27 am - Reply

    You can use small transparent bags

  10. eno-obong June 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Pls what can I substitute the banana leaf with, I’m not in 9ja and its hard to get d leaf

  11. Ab April 8, 2014 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    How many serving will this make?

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