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Top 10 Nigerian Foods Popular in Abuja

Some meals are indigenous to Nigeria but some are more popular in the central city, Abuja. In a nation of over 400 ethnic groups, Nigeria has one of the most abundant culinary traditions in West Africa. Nigerians cherish and love their local delicacies.

To a typical Nigerian, there are a number of staple that are just always on the menu when the subject of food is concerned. Nigerian wives have no choice than to master the key meals.

Here are Top 10 Nigerian Dishes.

#10 Moi Moi

Moi Moi is a Nigerian steam bean pudding which has its origin from South West Nigeria. It can be made with egg, crayfish, corned beef, onions, or sardine to give it that added taste. Moi Moi can be served with other Nigerian dishes or eaten alone as a snack.

#9 Kilishi

Kilishi is made from meat that has been cut into very thin slices, which are then spread out to dry. A preparation of chili pepper, spices and local herbs is then prepared into a paste which is lightly brushed on both sides. This is then briefly grilled.

#7 Asaro (Yam Pottage)

Asaro, also known as yam porridge, is a popular Nigerian dish common in the western region. It is made by boiling and lightly mashing yam in rich tomato, chili and big red pepper sauce with palm oil or vegetable oil. It can be garnished with fish, meat or crayfish as desired. (Source: Wikipedia)

#7 Suya

Primarily known to be the Abokis specialty. Suya is a popular delicacy in Abuja. Often eaten in the evenings, this food is made with fish or meat rubbed in spices and then barbecued on a skewer. The spices comprise ginger, peanuts, peppers, dried onions and various stock flavors.

#6 Efo Riro

This is a delicious vegetable stew made using vegetable and meat. it includes a mix of meats like chicken and offal. Efo Riro is a Yoruba delicacy originating from Western Nigeria. Vegetables like water leaves or pumpkin leaves are used in preparing the stew, spinach, can also be added to the ingredients.

#5 Akara/Kosai

It is a Nigerian fried bean cake. Its popularity in Nigeria is quite obvious as many Nigerians opt for it for their breakfast. In the South it is known as Akara while in the North it is called Kosai. It can be gotten very cheap from road side food vendors. It can also be prepared at home for family and friends.

#4 Jollof Rice

This colorful delicacy is food to many West African Countries, not just perculiar to Nigeria.
Ingredients of Jollof rice include rice, onions, tomatoes, chilies, peas and a variety of spices. It can be served with vegetables and desired meat, chicken or fish. Jollof rice is commonly served on special occasions and social events.

#3 Pounded Yam

Pounded yam is a sought after delicacy among many Nigerians. It is accompanied with various kinds of soups such as okro, ewedu, egusi, ogbono, etc. Pounded yam can be made by boiling raw yams and then pounding it into dough-like mass or mixing hot water with yam powder. It requires considerable experience in its preparation. It’s presence in many special occasions cannot be overemphasized.

#2 Egusi Soup

This soup is widely consumed in Nigeria. Ingredients used in preparing the soup include melon seeds, red or any desired meat, sea food, fermented beans, a variety of vegetables and onions. Egusi soup can be served alongside Garri, Pounded yam and Fufu.

#1 Garri


No doubt the king of all Nigerian dishes in Nigeria. There is a popular joke in Nigeria that, though Garri does no advert, it sells more than food products that do adverts. It is prepared from cassava tubers that have been fermented, but the tubers must undergo peeling, washing and grating into a mash prior to being fermented. The product gotten from this is then roasted and pounded to form fine flour. Garri can be served with almost all kinds of stews and soups. It can also be eaten with beans or as a snack.

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