Nigeria, a large country in West Africa, is the continent's most populous nation and one of its most diverse. Nigerian food is typically West African, but individual ethnic groups within the country give Nigerian cuisine a wonderful variety of dishes and flavors.
Popular Nigerian dishes include jollof rice, dodo (fried plantains), fufu, or iyan (mashed yams), and moin moin (a bean pudding). Yams, cassava, rice and sorghum are common starches, while tomatoes, peppers, onions, peanuts and beans are important vegetables. Rich red palm oil flavors many dishes. Zobo, a drink from hibiscus blooms, quenches many a thirst.
Typical Nigerian Dishes
Try these recipes from Nigeria.
(West African chicken with rice)
(West African meat in peanut sauce)
(West African mashed yams)
(Nigerian meat and vegetable stew thickened with ogbono seed)
(Nigerian plantain and vegetable stew)
(Nigerian savory steamed bean pudding)
(Nigerian black-eyed pea stew with plantains)
(Nigerian hibiscus flower beverage; see Sorrel Punch recipe)