Ofuloju is a Yoruba native food made from beans.
Some call it ekuru. and it looks so much like the popular bean cake called moin-moin; but slight differences distinguish ofuloju from moin-moin; unlike moin-moin where all ingredients like pepper, salt, fish, oil, etc are directly added to be blended with the washed beans and/or added while stirring the blended beans, ofuloju doesn’t require any ingredient asides the beans and water.
Ofuloju being a food made from beans is nutritious in protein. Ofuloju is known to be eaten with eko (pap), in fact they are often referred to as friends (in Yoruba parlance: Ofuloju ore eko).
Recipe for 4 servings
Pepper (more of rodo)
Salt and seasoning for taste
Diced goat/cow skin
Crayfish and stock fish
- Put your beans in a bowl (the size must be spacious enough) for washing.
- Wash the beans like you do for moin-moin.
- After washing, soak the beans in water for a while (5-10 minutes).
- Note that the soaking is not really needed, but it aids the blending.
- Blend the beans, add little or no water when blending.
- After blending, turn continuously in one direction until the mixture becomes fluffy.
- NOTE: Do not add salt or pepper before or after blending the beans.
- Put the fluffy mixture in bit into the leaves to make a wrap (or use nylon).
- If using leaves, the stems of the leaves and few leaves should be put into a pot that contains little water.
- With appropriate water in the pot arrange the portioned mixture into the pot
- Cook or steam until set, this should be for 25-30 minutes.
- The ofuloju is ready!
- OFULOJU STEW IS THE OFADA SAME OFADA STEW!
Special thanks to Remi Ibikunle, a UNILAG 300 Level student of Mass Communication for packaging this lovely recipe!