Ewa Agoyin

Nigerian Ewa Agoyin Recipe


For the beans:
2 cups red beans
salt to taste
For the sauce:
1 large white onion (thinly slices)
1 cup palm oil
1tsp salt
1 cube maggi
1/4 cup dried blended crayfish
1 large bell pepper  (tatashe)
4 habanero peppers (Ata Rodo)
another half size medium onion

Add 6 cups of water to a pot, set on low heat.
wash and add the beans.  leave on low heat for 2hr:30min or until the beans is very soft.
Add salt to taste.

Sauce: (Agoyin pepper)
  • In a blender, combine the bell pepper,  habanero(rodo) pepper and the half medium onion. CHOP. (the desired texture is coarse )
  • Set a medium sized pot on low heat, add the palm oil
  • Bleach the oil  for 10-15mins ( Caution: it might get smoky)
  • Turn the heat to minimum, add the chopped onion, stir at interval until the onion is caramelized (the color should be black but not burnt).  This takes about 30-40mins.
  • Add in the blender chopped pepper to another pot, boil for 15mins (this is to remove excess water)
  • Add the parboiled pepper to the fried onion, cook for about 15mins.
  • Add in the crayfish, salt and maggi.
  • Taste for seasoning
  • Cook on medium heat for another 10mins.
Serve on beans
Note: Some people mash up the beans, there shouldn’t be a need to, if you cook the beans on low heat. it should be perfectly soft with no need for mashing.