Homemade meat pie
with beef and vegetables
wrapped in plastic
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.
- Coconut rice is a rice dish made with coconut milk.
- Jollof rice is a rice-based food, made up with a range of spices, tomatoes, onions, pepper, meat, oil and a combination of vegetables.
- Pate is made with ground dry corn or rice or acha. Mostly combined with vegetables (spinach), tomatoes, onions, pepper, garden egg, locust beans, groundnut, biscuit bone and meats minces. It is common within northwestern Nigeria, like Kaduna, Nassarawa and Plateau.
- Tuwo masara is corn flour dish eaten also 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.
Meat is used in most Nigerian dishes.
- Suya is a meat kebab coated with groundnuts (peanuts) and chili pepper 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.
- Kilishi, made from meat like the suya but much more dried than the suya with more chilli pepper than the suya.
Soups and stews 
- Banga soup is made from palm nuts and is eaten primarily in the midwestern part of Nigeria.
- Miyan kuka is also common among the Hausa people.
- Miyan yakuwa is a famous soup common to the Hausa people.
- Pepper soup is a light soup made from a mix of meat or fish and a mix of herbs and spices. This is one of the few soups in Nigerian cuisine that can be drunk alone and not 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 Efiks 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.
- Draw soup (or okoroenyeribe) is made from okro or melon seeds cooked until they thicken.
- Efo riro or tabot stew 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 leaf vegetables, other vegetables, seasonings, and meat. It is often eaten with dishes like amala, pounded yam (iyan), fufu and more.
- Groundnut stew with groundnuts (peanuts), tomato and onion as the base, can be infinitely varied with chicken, beef or fish and different leaf 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 leaf vegetables, other vegetables, seasonings, and meat. Ogbono is also eaten with many dishes similar to pounded yam, amala, and more.
Side dishes 
- Fried plantain (or dodo) is a side dish of plantains fried in vegetable oil or palm oil. It is preferably ripe plantain.
- Funkaso, millet pancakes
- 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 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.
Puddings, pastes and porridges 
- Moimoi is a steamed bean pudding made from a mixture of washed and peeled black-eyed beans and wrapped in a moimoi leaf (like a banana leaf).
A Plate of Pounded Yam (Iyan)
- 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 had been peeled, cleaned, dried and then blended similar to iyan but normally darker (brown) in colour.
- Eba, also called gari is, like amala, a very thick paste that is either rolled into balls or served like amala, and made from cassava (manioc).
- Lafun is basically like amala but much lighter in colour, and made from cassava. It is not to be confused with iyan and tastes and smells totally different from the yam-based "Iyan".
Snacks and sweets 
- Chin chin is a fried sweet cookie made from wheat flour and eggs and can be made in different shapes and sizes.
- Puff Puff, a fried Nigerian doughnut.
- Akara, similar to the Latin American dish acarajé, is a beignet from a dough based on black-eyed beans. It is sometimes served for breakfast.
- Alkaki, made from wheat and sugar paste
- Kuli-kuli, made from ground peanuts.
- Kokoro is a fried dry snack made from corn and garri (cassava). There are two different kinds.
- Meat pie is a D-shaped pie with beef, potatoes, and optional pepper fillings.
- Sausage roll, meat blanketed with flavored dough.
- Scotch egg
- Wara, soft cottage cheese made from fresh cow milk.
- Plantain chips
- Coconut candy
- Dundun, 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. Dundun is usually eaten with a sauce made of groundnut or palm-oil, tomatoes, chilli peppers and seasoning.
- Iru is fermented locust beans used as a condiment in cooking and is typically added to egusi soup, ogbono soup, Eyedu, Ila (Okra) and more.
See also 
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