Native meals to try in Nigeria: Democracy day Edition


In the spirit of Nigeria’s Democracy day, this post is all about native Nigerian cuisine. From Amala to Akara, these are some dishes you should definitely try if you’re visiting Nigeria (or just want a taste of home). Whether you’re looking for something spicy or sweet, we’ve got you covered. So put on your eating clothes and let’s get started!

1. Amala

Amala is a staple food in Nigeria, made from yam flour. Although, the Yorubas like to own it as their own because they are the ones who eat it mostly. It is usually served with a stew or soup, and can be either plain or punctured. Amala is a very versatile dish, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

2. Akara

Akara is a popular breakfast food in Nigeria, made from beans. It is usually served with bread or pap, and can be either plain or filled with vegetables. Akara is a very filling dish, and is perfect for those who are looking for a hearty meal to start their day, it’s more enjoyable when still hot. Akara is the king of street food.

3. Nkwobi

Nkwobi is a dish made from cow feet mixed in spicy palm oil paste, and is popular in the Igbo region of Nigeria. Nkwobi is a traditional dish, and is often eaten on special occasions or outing with friends. Palm wine usually accompanies this meal.  Although, not every restaurant has this on their menu.

4. Egusi Soup

Egusi soup is a popular soup in Nigeria, made with melon seeds and lots of protein (meat, stock fish etc.). It is usually served with fufu or eba, and can be either plain or stewed.

5. Suya

Suya is a popular street food in Nigeria, made with beef or chicken and seasoned with Yagi ( a Suya spice blend that consists of ingredients such as cloves, salt, ginger, chilis, and much more, with peanut as the main ingredient.). Nightlife lover? Try this while chilling with friends.

6. Plantain Porridge

Plantain porridge also called Kekefia by the indigenes of Bayelsa, is a popular meal prepared with water, salt, onions, pepper, palm oil and of course, plantain and even vegetables (optional). It is easy to make and quite filling. It is also very easy to make, you can see the steps here:

7. Moin-Moin

Moin-moin is a steamedbean pudding popular in Nigeria. It is made with beans, onions, bell peppers, and palm oil, and can be either plain or filled with vegetables and egg. Moin-moin is a very versatile dish, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

8. Ewedu

This is the wife of “Amala”. Ewedu is a soup made from Jute leaves, it is usually served with Amala or any other swallow of your choice. It can be either plain or stewed and has a slimy texture. Ewedu is a very healthy dish, and is perfect for those who are looking for a light meal.

9. Gbegiri

Gbegiri is a bean soup popular in Nigeria, made with peeled cooked beans. It is usually served with ewedu and stew. Gbegiri and ewedu usually go together and most restaurants in Nigeria usually called “Buka” serve them both.

10. Edikang Ikong

Edikang ikong is a vegetable soup popular in Nigeria made with fresh leafy vegetables, dried fish and assorted meat and served with Eba, pounded yam or any other swallow of your choice. It is actually one of the native soups of the South-southern states(Efiks) of Nigeria(Cross River and Akwa Ibom states.). It is quite expensive to prepare but very tasty.

Nigeria is a land of great cultural diversity, with over 250 different languages spoken. There are many delicious native meals to try and this is just a few we’ve mentioned. We hope that you will have the opportunity to experience some of them during your visit to Nigeria. As you enjoy these meals, be sure to take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant country, and let us know about your favorite experiences in the comments below. Happy Democracy Day!

We also have some restaurants on our platform that serve this meal. You can search for them on our platform and also make your reservation through the link:


  • Ini Akpaeno
    Posted at 02:07h, 03 July Reply

    You said it well. But there’s also white soup,that is eaten mostly with pounded yam and ukwoho afang,another Nigerian delicious soup eaten with any swallow of garri/eba,fufu and pounded yam

    • Toks David
      Posted at 11:02h, 04 July Reply

      Yes, you are right! This isn’t all that was mentioned in the list. We know there alot of native meals in Nigeria, these are just some of them. Thank you so much for reading.

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