- African Honey Beans400 GramsSubstitute with black-eyed peas
- Chilli Pepper8 PiecesLocally called Tatashe
- Onion2 PiecesMedium sized
- Crayfish2 Tablespoons
- Chilli Powder1 Teaspoons
- Curry Powder1 Teaspoons
- Onion Powder (Optional)1 Tablespoons
- All Spice Powder (Optional)0.5 Teaspoons
- Seasoning Cube
- Banana Leaves or Moin Moin Cups / BowlsFor wrapping and cooking
- Boiled Eggs5 Pieces
- Pieces Of FishAlready cooked fish, any kind
- Olive Oil2 TablespoonsYou can use any vegetable oil
How to make Moin-Moin
I have an updated Moin Moin Recipe here. Check it out.
1. Add the beans to a bowl, add enough water to cover the beans. Soak overnight.
2. After the beans is soaked, peel the skin off the beans. You can do this by either rubbing the beans in between your hands or pulsing in a blender. If the beans is sufficiently soaked, the skin should come off very easily.
3. Prepare the pepper, onions and crayfish for blending.
4. Add the beans to a blender, add water (to about 1/3rd the level of beans) and blend until very smooth. Be sure to not go overboard with the water you add so the moin moin won’t turn out too soft.
5. Do the same for the pepper, onions and crayfish. Add less water here. Blend until smooth.
Alternatively, you can blend beans, pepper, onions and crayfish together.
6. After blending, mix the beans paste and the pepper paste thoroughly until both are combined. Season with salt and seasoning cube to taste, all spice powder, onion powder, chilli powder, curry powder. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or vegetable oil. Stir until all the spices, seasoning and oil are combined with the paste and taste for salt. If tasty enough, prepare to cook. At this point, you should have your boiled eggs and boiled fish ready. You actually don’t have to use both, you can use either boiled eggs or boiled fish.
7. If you are using banana leaves, add the paste to the leaves, add some pieces of boiled egg and cooked fish and wrap. Since a lot of people aren’t familiar with the banana leaves wrapping process, you can substitute banana leaves for moin moin cups or bowls or any other cups or bowls with a cover if you aren’t familiar. I used bowls. Add the paste to the bowl, add in a few pieces of boiled eggs and fish and cover the bowl. Adding the boiled eggs and fish is optional but it enhances the taste of the moin moin. When adding the paste to the bowl, don’t fill to the brim or else the moin moin will spill over. You should be able to comfortably cover the bowl.
8. Add water to a pot (about a quarter to half full). If you are using banana leaves, line the pot with banana leaves and bring the water to a boil. Then add the wrapped moin moin paste or the bowls of moin moin paste to the pot and cook until done. This should take about 30 minutes. Be sure to check the level of water in the pot periodically to be sure the water doesn’t dry up.
If you used leaves, you can test if it is done by dipping a knife into one of the leaves. If it comes out clean, it is done. If it comes out with paste, you need to continue cooking, it isn’t done yet. For bowls, just bring out one of the bowls, if it is done, it should look solid. But if you aren’t convinced, take off the cover and do the knife test.
Your Moin Moin is done. While it is quite alright to eat moin moin alone, moin moin is best eaten with something else. Serve with pap (like i did with mine, see second picture), custard, oatmeal or even some pepper sauce and grilled fish.
I have an updated Moin Moin Recipe here