Breakfast should be a quick and easy meal to prepare. They are usually something you can rustle up and eat before you dash out on a working day. Most Nigerians still prefer to eat leftovers from the previous day’s dinner because they love it. For others, they do so due to lack of breakfast meal ideas. Some only take the good old bread and chocolate drink before dashing out to beat the rush hour.
The following are some quick and easy breakfast meals that are sure to help you start your day on a good note.
Fried yam recipe is a deep-fried yam recipe that can be eaten with a wide range of Nigerian stews and sauces. It is fried in such a way that the outside of the chips is crunchy while the inside is moist. It is mostly used as a breakfast meal with fried egg, omelette, Tomato Fish Stew, Vegetable Sauce or oat meal.
White Yam – As much as you can eat.
Salt to taste
Club Sandwich may not be originally from Nigeria but Club Sandwiches are eaten a lot in Nigeria. We have taken this recipe from the West and completely made it our own, so much so that we now have Nigeria style Club Sandwiches.
Club Sandwiches are normally served on local Nigerian flights and exclusive hotels but you don’t have to be mile-high to taste this snack or breakfast recipe. It is so easy to make so you should make one for yourself right after reading this.
You can eat the Club Sandwich as a snack with a chilled drink or serve it as part of a breakfast meal. It is also an essential part of a packed lunch; just add fruits and a drink and you are sorted.
Ingredients you need for Club Sandwiches
The following are the quantities of ingredients you need to make a Club Sandwich for one person. Feel free to multiply the ingredients.
4 slices of bread (minimum)
1 egg (hardboiled)
1 fresh plum tomato (tomato Jos)
1 medium carrot
¼ small cabbage
2 pieces of Sardine
1 tablespoon of margarine/butter
2 tablespoons of Mayonnaise
Preparation of Club Sandwich
Akara, also known as Bean Cakes, Bean Balls, Bean Fritas or Acarajé in Portuguese is a Nigerian breakfast recipe made with beans.
How to Make Akara
To make Akara, you need to first of all remove the beans coat. You should remove the coat from the beans just before you make the Akara. This means that you can’t use coatless beans that has been stored in the fridge or freezer to make Akara. I tried that and the Akara just spattered everywhere in the vegetable oil.
Ingredients you need for Akara
You only need 5 ingredients to make Akara:
1 cup of Beans (black-eyed or brown beans)
2 habanero chilli peppers
1 medium Onion
Salt to taste
Vegetable Oil for frying
Tools you will need:
Mortar and Pestle
Before you fry Akara
Remove the beans coat. Read how to remove beans coat for help on how to do that. It is important that you do not let salt come in contact with the beans you will use in making Akara till you are ready to fry it. Salt is believed to destroy the leavening property of beans. This is what prevents spattering of the beans batter during frying.
Then soak the beans in water for 2 hours to make it soft enough for your blender. If you will grind it using the heavy duty grinders in Nigerian markets, it will not be necessary to soak the beans for extended periods of time.
Cut the pepper and onions into desirable sizes.
Akamu is simple yet very difficult to prepare. It is a big challenge for a lot of people.
In Nigeria, we usually add evaporated milk to Akamu meals so the main requirement is that the akamu/ogi/pap is thick after preparation so that when the milk is added, a perfect consistency will be achieved.
What you will need to make Akamu/Ogi/Pap
Wet Corn Starch (Akamu, Ogi or Pap)
Water (Hot and Cold)
Sugar (to taste)
Notes about the ingredients
If you can’t buy or make Akamu from scratch, you can use corn starch or very smooth corn flour but the classic sour taste will be missing.
Evaporated milk is the best milk for ogi. Whole milk, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk are not great for akamu. If making Akamu for your baby, use baby milk.
Add sugar to your taste. I have never used other sweeteners in Akamu. For babies, do not add sugar.
2 pcs of overripe plantain (Even if the skin is now black, as long as the inside is not decomposed)
100g plantain flour
1-2 cooking spoons palm oil
1 teaspoon ground crayfish
Pepper and Salt (to taste)
1 Knorr cube
Uma leaves (Thaumatococcus Daniellii)
Aluminium foil bags
Before you cook Plantain Moi Moi
Prepare the uma leaves for the Plantain Moi Moi.
Put the plantain flour in a bowl, add a small quantity of water and mix till you get a medium consistency.
Wash, peel and cut the overripe plantain into small pieces.
Grind the crayfish, cut the onions and pepper into small pieces.