Nigerian cuisine consists of dishes or food items from the hundreds of ethnic groups that comprise the West African nation of Nigeria. Like other West African cuisines, it uses spices and herbs in conjunction with palm oil or groundnut oil to create deeply flavoured sauces and soups often made very hot with chili peppers. Nigerian feasts are colourful and lavish, while aromatic market and roadside snacks cooked on barbecues or fried in oil are plentiful and varied.
Tuwo masara is a corn flour dish eaten in the northern part of Nigeria.
Tuwo shinkafa is a thick rice pudding usually eaten with "miyan kuka" (a mucilaginous soup) and goat meat stew or miyan taushe, a pumpkin stew made with spinach, meat (usually goat or mutton) and smoked fish. It is primarily served in the northern part of the country.
Suya is grilled meat coated with ground chili pepper, peanut powder, and other local spices. It is prepared barbecue-style on a stick. This is one of the most famous Nigerian delicacies and can be found within easy reach all over the country.
Tsire refers specifically to meat which has a generous coating of peanut/chili powder. It may or may not be on a skewer.
Kilishi is made from meat that has been cut into very thin slices which is then spread out to dry. A special preparation of chili pepper, spices and local herbs is then prepared into a paste which is lightly brushed on both sides. This is then briefly grilled.
Balangu refers to meat that has been grilled over wood/coal fire. Specifically, no seasoning is applied to bring out the natural flavor of the particular type of meat which may be goat, sheep or cow meat. Salt and spices can be added later according to taste.
Ayamase is a stew made by blending several green or red scotch bonnets/peppers.
Pepper soup is a light soup made from a mix of meat and fish with a mix of herbs and spices. This is one of the few soups in Nigerian cuisine that can be drunk alone and not used as a sauce for a carbohydrate main dish such as fufu or pounded yam.
Afang is a vegetable soup which has its origin from the Efik people in the southeast of Nigeria.
Corn soup, also known locally as omi ukpoka, is made with ground dry corn and blended with smoked fish. It is common with Afemai people mainly from Agenebode in northern Edo state.
Efo riro is a stew made from leafy vegetables and tastes nice when eaten with fish. It is common among the Yorubas.
Egusi soup is thickened with ground melon seeds and contains leafy vegetables, other vegetables, seasonings, and meat. It is often eaten with dishes like amala, pounded yam (iyan), fufu, etc.
Maafe, groundnut stew made with groundnuts (peanuts), tomatoes and onions as the base, and can be infinitely varied with chicken, beef or fish and different leafy vegetables for subtle flavours. Groundnut stew is made with ground dry groundnuts and vegetables, fish, meat, local seasoning and palm oil. It is common amongst Etsakor people in Edo state.
Rice stew, similar to Maafe, is a stew made from goat, beef or chicken and cooked with a tomato, onion, pepper and groundnut sauce.
Ogbono soup is made with ground ogbono seeds, with leafy greens, other vegetables, seasonings, and meat. Ogbono is also eaten with many dishes similar to pounded yam, amala, fufu, etc.
White soup is made with Utazi leaves. The soup is not necessarily white, hence its name.
Peppersoup is made with nutmeg and chilly pepper. It can be garnished with any of fish, beef, goat meat or chicken. Peppersoup is usually used as appetizer in official gatherings however, it is consumed majorly in the evenings at pubs and social gathering.
Mosa, fermented corn, which is ground into a thick paste, fried and then sprinkled with sugar. It is an acquired taste. There is also an alternative form made from very soft plantain which is mashed into a paste, mixed with dried black pepper, fried and then sprinkled with sugar, for those with a sweet tooth.
Iyan, called pounded yam in English, is similar to mashed potatoes but all mashed and completely smooth with no yam chunks left.
Amala (or aririguzofranca) is a thick paste made from yam, which has been peeled, cleaned, dried and then blended similar to iyan but normally darker (brown) in colour.
Asaro, also known as yam porridge, is a popular Nigerian dish common in the western region. It is made by boiling and lightly mashing yam in rich tomato, chili and big red pepper sauce with palm oil or vegetable oil. It can be garnished with fish, meat or crayfish as desired.
Masa is made from rice which is soaked and then ground. The thick paste is then poured into clay forms. The clay forms have a heat source from beneath. A spatula is used to flip it over by gouging it out of the form. It is traditionally served with miyan taushe.
Sinasir is a flat masa, nowadays simply made by pouring the prepared rice paste into a frying pan, thus avoiding the need to flip it over as will be necessary for normal masa.
Yams with red stew and/or scrambled eggs with diced tomato and onion.
Dun Dun, roasted or deep-fried slices of yam. It may be fried in palm oil or vegetable oil; water is added to soften the yam as it cooks. Dun Dun is usually eaten with a sauce made of groundnut or palm oil, tomatoes, chili peppers and seasoning.