Moi moi is a recipe made from soaked peeled and blended beans slurry and it is native of Nigeria traditional cuisine. It’s an household name amongst other Nigerian cuisine and it’s usually prepared with fleshy protein or eggs.
As a rule I really do not steam boil my moi moi because living in the diaspora there’s no way to get hold of the traditional riverbank leaves that is used to package the beans slurry before steaming/boiling in hot water till the slurry is cooked and it solidifies.
And cooking in boiling water with plastic packaging or pylons is a no no for me. Not because it’s not doable but because it’s an health risk which poses a danger of cancer on the long run.
Except you use plastic bags made exclusively for cooking or microwave safe plastic bags chances are these cancer causing compounds will always find it’s way into foods package with it.
According to the latest research the safest most appropriate plastic used for food packaging are high density polyethylene and polypropylene bags or containers.
Most less expensive bulk plastic wrap sold for use in food catering and processing are usually not safe because they are made extensively from PVC Polyvinyl chloride. Polyvinyl chloride contains what we call plasticizers that leaches into foods at high temperature.
A reliable way to know if that plastic bags you are buying is not made from PVC is to see if it is microwavable or microwave safe plastic bags. Bags and wraps made from polyethylene are generally microwave safe.
Most rigid plastic containers are made from polycarbonate while these at the moment are certified safe for food processing there exists the problem of the compound plasticizers leaching into foods at high temperature.
For me I opt for silicon bakeware use in my moi moi preparations to avoid these health risk. Silicon rubber is inert it does not react ,emit fumes or leaches into food at high temperature up to 428 degrees Fahrenheit according to FDA. Experts consider it non reactive and a better choice in bakeware.
Silicon tolerates both hot and cold temperature it can go directly from the oven to the freezer and it is microwave safe . It is made up of silicon rubber by mixture of silicon a naturally occurring compound bonding with oxygen . The major advantage of silicon bakeware is that is non stick it doesn’t burn it doesn’t require you to grease before baking the form comes out great and there is no problem of messy clean up afterwards. It is also dishwasher and compactible and it doesn’t fade or scratch in contrast to traditional metal or aluminium bakeware there exists no problem of rust. In any case you are using silicon bakeware make sure it is high quality and it does not contain any fillers or additives.
So my oven baked moi moi goes as follows.
Recipe Preparation Time: 1 hour
Cooking Time:45 minutes
Cooking Temperature:150 degrees Celsius.
- Dry beans (soaked,peeled) 500 g
- Paprika 2 big sizes (deseeded )
- Scotch bonnet pepper 1 pcs
- Onions 2 big sizes (sliced )
- Salt 1 tbs
- Aadun seasoning powder 1 tbs
- Garlic 2 cloves (minced )
- Ginger 1 inch (grated )
- Palm oil 250 ml
- Eggs 4 (hard boiled )
- Mackerel fish 1pcs (boiled and shredded )
Recipe Preparation and Cooking Instructions
- Soak the peeled beans in water for 30 minutes
before blending in the food processor with the paprika, onions, scotch bonnet pepper,garlic and ginger blend till fine and smooth. Set aside the boiled shredded fish and eggs.
- Transfer into a bowl and add the oil and shredded fish stir till everything is well mixed
- Bring out the silicon bakeware and portion the beans slurry into them half full then slice the hard boiled eggs and place in each and then cover with more slurry
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees for 10 minutes and transfer the moi moi into the oven reduce the temperature to 160 degrees Celsius and bake for 35 minutes checking after every 15 minutes until well baked.
- Served with a girl or eat with bread it can also be taken with any rice Recipe. It is also an ideal breakfast idea for people who are on gluten free diet.
Nutrition Value / serving
- Calories 136.5 kcal
- Total Fat 3.2 g
- Saturated 2.3 g
- Carbohydrate 18.3 g
- Cholesterol 45.4mg
- Sodium 357.4 mg
- Sugars 2.7 g
- Dietary Fibre 4.5 g
- Protein 14.3 g