Quinoa Moimoi

Quinoa Moi Moi_webQuinoa Moimoi with Custard

The lovely Ify odunlami  posted a picture of Quinoa moi moi on so you think you can cook  about a week ago, I was super excited to try it out. I started eating quinoa a couple of months ago, my first attempt at making it was very similar to this couscous experiment.

So what is quinoa you ask?

“Quinoa, a species of goosefoot, is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the true grass family” – Wikipedia

Quinoa is marketed as a “Super Food” with magical health benefits, before we present it as such; we did some research comparing quinoa to good old black eyed beans. Here is what we found:

Quinoa Moinmoin

On all accounts,  regular beans is a more nutritious alternative , quinoa is however a much easier choice for moi-moi because there is no hulling (peeling) required.  You can definitely use quinoa as a substitute for white or even brown rice and pasta, but it should not replace beans in your diet.

Question for all the nutritionists out there

Does hulling beans affect the nutritional composition in anyway? If yes, to what degree?

If you are with the “Gluten free” crowed, interested in experimenting or simply curious about Quinoa please try the recipe.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 red bell pepper (Tatashe)
  • ¼ medium onion
  • 3 eggs (1 hardboiled, 2 raw)
  • 2 table spoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon each (Thyme and ginger powder)
  • Salt to taste


  • Aluminum pan or ramekins for steaming


  1. Soak the raw quinoa in warm water for 12hours.  Rinse and run cold water over it until the entire soapy residue has been washed away
  2. Combine washed Quinoa, red pepper and onion in a blender. Add in ½ cup water, puree to a fine paste
  3. Pour the batter into a large bowl. Add in the 2 raw eggs, olive oil, seasoning and salt. Whisk until all ingredients are well incorporated
  4. Pour the batter into an oiled steaming pan, add in the boiled egg. Steam for 40mins

I used Breville food steamer and baking dishes

Serve Quinoa moi moi warm with pap, custard or bread. Enjoy!

Quinoa Moi moi all

Health Information:  If you follow our recipe as is, this dish will serves 4 people.  There are approximately 280 calories per serving.

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By |October 10th, 2013|68 Comments


  1. Tina Naomi January 31, 2018 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks for that wonderful presentation on the alternative to beans. However, I find it difficult to drift from the beans recipe of moimoi which we were nurtured with.
    I love moimoi but I am always discouraged with the dark color I usually get after the preparation. How can I achieve the resultant peachy colour of moimoi I ?
    Thank you

  2. Nkem April 16, 2017 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Sorry. Didn’t use ginger powder and thyme.

  3. Nkem April 16, 2017 at 12:17 am - Reply

    This is just the best. I soaked the quinoa for much longer and I put more oil than the recipe said. These actions weren’t intentional. However, it came out perfect. I’m so excited, it’s made my Easter. Even without the hard-boiled egg.lol. Thank you ma.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 9, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      haha! you’re welcome. Glad it worked out for you.

  4. Oluwabukola August 4, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

    I don’t know QUINOA and where can i get it? how does it look like. Thanks

  5. Rimini July 13, 2015 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Lovely post. i would love to try it. Please where can i get quinoa in abuja and what is it called locally.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 13, 2015 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      check your local supermarket or health food store.

  6. tee May 10, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    pls is quinoa availabe in the local market pls, thanks

  7. Chenny April 11, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

    love your post. Pls if quinoa is not acha as you said, then what is it?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 12, 2015 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Quinoa is a different grain. Acha is fonio. They can be prepared in similar fashions.

  8. Jane January 2, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    9jafoodie, I appreciate your efforts. Been researching quinoa & following the discussion.If quinoa is not acha as you said, then what is it?

  9. Dayo B December 11, 2014 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Hello 9jafoodie,

    I’d like to try this recipe today. If I use aluminum square pans, do I use leaves to cover it or the paper covers? How do I steam them? Oven tray with water or in a pot? Please let me know. Thanks.

    • e__victor
      e__victor December 11, 2014 at 10:34 am - Reply

      Hi Dayo, This post provides directions http://www.9jafoodie.com/2011/07/moin-moin-2/

      • Dayo B December 12, 2014 at 6:53 am - Reply

        Thank you!!! I made this today and walahi, for the first time ever, I can say my “moin moin” ‘le’! Oooh lawd! Just the perfect consistency and of course, without the gas associated with using beans. I will be doing my moin moin this way. I modified it a little by adding maggi crayfish and dry pepper. It turned out really good!

  10. ezk November 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Please where can i get quinoa to buy in the mainland?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Help anyone? Ikeja Shoprite most likely

  11. Ann October 31, 2014 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Please what is lentils called in Nigeria ooo

  12. Kurinko October 29, 2014 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Fantastic work btw

  13. Kurinko October 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    You can also use lentils to make moi moi, you don’t have to soak it at all, just wash and blend. I find it tastes almost exactly like moi moi made with beans

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      I will try with lentil! thanks for the suggestion

    • Ann October 31, 2014 at 2:34 am - Reply

      Please where can i find lentils in Lagos? and what is it called in our markets?

  14. kim October 29, 2014 at 3:53 am - Reply

    please how do we tell the difference between quinoa and acha. and you still didn’t tell where quinoa can be gotten in lagos.

  15. janthel October 21, 2014 at 5:32 am - Reply

    Where can one get quinoa and bulgur wheat in lagos?

  16. noel August 5, 2014 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Please can quinoa moi moi be wrapped with leaves just like we wrap the regular moi moi from beans?

  17. sally August 1, 2014 at 5:29 am - Reply

    do we have different types of quinoa because if its acha the onec we have here in abuja and kaduna just needs washing to remove the sand

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 2, 2014 at 8:52 am - Reply

      Fonio (Acha) and quinoa are different grains.

  18. Kemi July 1, 2014 at 7:35 am - Reply

    @ Solara Knight. Thanks for giving the local name. I have a big bag of acha brought from the north for me and I was about to return it to Nigeria because I dont know what it is. I suspected it to be quinoa but when I compared i,t quinoa that i have here seems bigger so i gave it up.

  19. Ella May 27, 2014 at 10:12 am - Reply

    is there any other kind of food aside from the regular rice,beans,sawllow and yam we are accustomed to in Nigeria

  20. Uzo's Food Labs May 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    You can get quinoa at Park n shop in VI. I have bought packets from there several times

  21. tosin dada May 4, 2014 at 9:25 am - Reply

    good day please where can i get quinoa in lagos

  22. Anonymous February 13, 2014 at 8:23 am - Reply

    We don’t know but we can ask around.

  23. Anonymous February 13, 2014 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I will make this tonight and let you know how it turned out.

  24. Spicytee February 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Nice post.. But is there anywhere one can get Quinoa in Lagos. Have been trying to get it for a long time.

  25. Solara knight January 30, 2014 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Quinoa is locally called Acha.. Especially found in the North Abuja (wuse market)

  26. funmi January 26, 2014 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Pls what’s quinoa called locally and where can I find it?

  27. Buki January 23, 2014 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Thank you for the hard work of coming up with alternative dishes. I have been trying to low carb but it’s so difficult with Naija dishes. This is great as I am already familiar with quinoa. Thanks again, I will try it!

  28. funky November 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    tried it!! it’s actually really good!!! thank you

  29. aunty November 22, 2013 at 4:21 am - Reply

    but must i soak the quinoa for 12 hours?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      yes! you need it to thoroughly soften. it’s easier to just soak it overnight.

  30. eff doubleU November 22, 2013 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Good morning, where can I get quinoa in Lagos State? Will appreciate your reply

    • Margaret May 10, 2016 at 6:21 am - Reply

      I have gluten intolerance. Am delighted quinoa does not have gluten. Please where can I find quinoa bread.

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie May 11, 2016 at 9:05 pm - Reply

        I have never come across strictly quinoa bread.

  31. mercy November 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Wao! Quinoa moi moi tasted fantastic as a matter of fact better than beans moi moi. Most importantly for me, no digestive disturbances such as cramps and flatulence as it is in beans. Quinoa moi moi here I come…… God blessnyou for sharing this life saving information.

  32. kassy November 5, 2013 at 3:55 am - Reply

    Very interesting… Surprising recipe… A strict gluten free det is the way to the future. Question: Is quinoa sold in Nigeria(lagos) if so, where? Thanks for sharing

  33. Maril November 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    This is absolutely goorgeous…. Beautifully presented and what a great alternative to the grinding work of washing the beans. Please how did you get that shape.? I will so love to Impress my oyibo pal who thought that moin moin looked like cat food. Definitely not when presented like this.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Hello Maril,
      Thanks for the compliment. I used a a star shaped baking dish.

  34. Livvie October 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    This came out great. It honestly tasted better than beans . Thanks for the recipe

  35. SydFre October 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    9jafoodie SydFre 
    Thanks for clarifying that bit.

  36. 9jafoodie
    9jafoodie October 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    @Sisiekomi Thanks!!! let us know how it turns out

  37. 9jafoodie
    9jafoodie October 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    SydFre I remember when i was much younger my aunt made moi moi by simply soaking and blending , it was a lot more filling.  Unfortunately I am not sure about the hulling effect, it will definitely affect the fiber content but I am sure by how much.
    To answer your question, I did not account for hulling in my comparison.

  38. SydFre October 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    I really hope this does not go unanswered; nonetheless, thank you for all these contributions here. it will help me a lot with providing reference to my friends and family back home.
    I just recently started questioning the “true nutritional value” of moi-moi given that it is typically required that the husk/skin of the beans be removed for what I suppose is more appealing edibility.  I have even started experimenting with just soaking and blending/milling the whole beans for moi-moi that I have served my family over the past month. one thing I did find out tho was that the ‘skin’ seemed to cause it to need more heat (i typically bake my moi-moi ‘to steam’) and also less portions for better heat penetration. i have not perfected this recipe yet, but so far, it has been just as good as the regular peeled-skin ones i’ve made in the past, and just as tasteful–if not better. it also feels slightly fuller in the mouth as I have observed myself.
    my ultimate question here is, did the above comparison account for the removed skin of the moi-moi beans as it is being directly compared to quinoa that would not need so much peeling of any skins. in other words, if you can help enlighten us, what is the “true nutritional value” of the same amount of the same beans noted above when the skin (that is rich in fiber) is gone–if the above did not account for that for the moi-moi?
    Thanks again for helping us, both here in the US and back home, make better dietary choices.

  39. Sisiekomi October 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I am loving your food presentation. I recently found about quinoa in my quest to eating healthy. I am trying to find alternatives to carbohydrates especially rice, and quinoa came up as an alternative.

    I will definately try out this recipe.

  40. Bunmi October 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Wao…this is beautiful will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing…GBU

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 12, 2013 at 7:24 am - Reply

      You are welcome. please let us know how is turns out.

  41. Rose October 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I choose this over beans moi moi from now on. calories or no calorie, beans gives me serious gas no matter how long i soak it for. Will try this, and if no gas aftermath then i am a convert…..but this is nice…

  42. Myne Whitman October 11, 2013 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Thanks for comparing the two, I’ve been hearing a lot about quinoa. and now I’m more informed. Thanks for recipe too.

  43. Ronke October 11, 2013 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Job weldone for detailed info on the duo.This is only for creative minds who like To Challenge their traditional cooking skills.I love your presentation tio…….

  44. Remi October 11, 2013 at 7:04 am - Reply

    I believe moi moi made from bean have less calories for those who are counting their caloric intake. :0 Just saying.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 12, 2013 at 7:29 am - Reply

      As we pointed out in the writeup, beans has fewer calories. If you make moi moi with palm oil, it will have lots more calories than what we have presented.

  45. Anonymous October 11, 2013 at 6:56 am - Reply

    It aint moin moin if beans isn’t in the recipe!

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