Best food combos in Nigeria

food combos in Nigeria

Living in Nigeria, you quickly learn that food is serious business. And when it comes to food, nothing is more serious than the combos. From pounded yam and egusi soup to jollof rice and dodo (fried plantain), there’s a perfect combo for every occasion. Here are some of the best food combos in Nigeria:

  • Pounded yam and egusi soup: This is one of the classic food combos in Nigeria that is popular among the Igbo people of Nigeria. The combination of the smooth, creamy texture of the pounded yam with the rich, flavourful egusi soup is simply heavenly.

  • Jollof rice and dodo: This is another classic Nigerian combo that is loved by many. The combination of the fiery jollof rice with the crispy fried plantain is simply irresistible.

  • Beans and plantain: This is another classic combo in Nigeria. The combination of the rich, flavourful beans with the sweet, fried or boiled plantain is simply delicious.

  • Amala and ewedu: This is a popular combo among the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The combination of the sticky amala (yam flour) with the slimy ewedu (leafy vegetable) is simply divine.

  • Rice and stew: This is the king of them all because Sunday! “There’s rice at home”. You would barely see this lacking in any Nigerian restaurant because it is the easiest meal to make that would not take so much time. Also, it is one of the most common food combos in Nigeria.

  • Bread and Akara or Akara and Pap: This is a popular combo when it comes down to breakfast in Nigeria. It is either Bread and hot akara or Pap and akara. A staple meal in most homes on Saturday. The combination of soft, fluffy bread with the Akara (bean cake) or Pap is simply delicious and filling. You would definitely have a good nap once you are done.

  • Banga Soup and Starch: This is a popular food combo among the people of Delta state in Nigeria. The combination of the thick, creamy banga soup filled with varieties of meat and fish (or obstacles as it’s called by some Nigerians) with starch (made from cassava prepared with different methods) is just extraordinary.

  • Bread and Ewa Agoyin: Lagos is the place that houses this food combo. Ewa Agoyin is just beans and stew but a Yoruba person would tell you that it is a lot more. You would find it being hawked by food vendors or sold in roadside bukkas. Although it can be eaten with so many other delicacies, bread tops the list.

  • Garri and Groundnut: One would say this is a poor man’s meal. But is it really? Considering the cost of things in our economy today. The garri is soaked with either cold/room temperature water, sugar is added and some people also go the extra mile to add in milk and then the roasted groundnut follows suit. This combo is a meal on its own and it is very filling too, just close your eyes and enjoy the crunchiness.

  • Roasted/ Boiled corn with Pear or coconut: A roadside staple! Lots of Nigerians are always happy when it’s corn season because it is one of the best things you can ever purchase on your way home or around you. At the moment, it is what is in season and everyone is loving it.

These are some of the best food combos in Nigeria we know for now.. Some are even listed here. We also believe that there are more we did not mention and we would like to hear from you in the comments section. Have you tried any of these food combos? What was your favorite? Did we forget to mention any? Tell us! Thank you for reading.

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10 Comments
  • Nuel
    Posted at 21:37h, 14 July Reply

    Amala and Ewedu anyday

    • Toks David
      Posted at 21:41h, 14 July Reply

      As a Yoruba person, I’m sure.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Thank you so much for reading!

  • Chee2rhu Okwu
    Posted at 21:43h, 14 July Reply

    Garri and groundnut for Senator
    Jollof rice and dodo for VP
    Noodles, suya and dodo for President

    • Toks David
      Posted at 21:46h, 14 July Reply

      ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Oh wow! We definitely missed out on one then. Thank you for reading!

  • Mr Clint
    Posted at 04:28h, 15 July Reply

    (2) Better spicy peppered Jellof & dodo ๐Ÿฅˆ
    (1) That banga soup gats full with plenty plenty obstacles crab, ponmo. Diced beef, cat fish. Chai ๐Ÿฅ‡now Iโ€™m hungry

    • Toks David
      Posted at 10:32h, 15 July Reply

      I would have been worried if you read this post without getting hungry. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Mirabelle
    Posted at 07:22h, 15 July Reply

    Jollof rice and Dodo is an all time fave, especially smoky jollof๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค…..Let me complete the list as a baby girl from the south, bolรฉ (roasted plantain and fish drenched in pepper sauce)….

    • Toks David
      Posted at 10:31h, 15 July Reply

      That is definitely Pitakwa’s delight! Such a meal….Thank you so much for reading.

  • Aidomojie Chuks
    Posted at 08:54h, 17 July Reply

    Beans and bread definitely has to be here. Also Gala and LaCasera for the road.

    • Toks David
      Posted at 11:59h, 18 July Reply

      Yes of course! Would have been incomplete without them being mentioned. Thank your reading.

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