Nigerian moi moi or moin moin is a savory bean pudding. It's easy to make and is very tasty. The combination of ingredients you add to your moi moi is totally up to you, some people like theirs loaded with chunks of meat and fish while others like it simple with just crayfish and boiled eggs. I like mine in between. Traditionally moi moi is cooked in tins or wrapped and cooked in leaves using the steaming method like I did in my blender moi moi but today I decided to bake it up pizza stye. I love trying out different ways to make food interesting especially for the kids. I had planned to blog this recipe for so long now in fact these pictures were from over 6 months ago... Hmmm. I imagined it in my head, went ahead and bought this lovely Quiche dish and made this moi moi pizza. But laziness hadn't let me take out time to put up the recipe.
Well looks like today is my lucky day, the day I get to post it ?. My little people enjoyed this pizza style moi moi as much as I enjoyed making it. Like I said this recipe is simple and easy to make. Not as fast as my blender moimoi in which I used beans powder to speed things up. Todays moi moi was made from fresh beans- peeled, soaked overnight and blended. I know it sounds overwhelming. Don't worry it isn't just follow the steps below. You can use any meat as your topping. I used pepperoni here, but you can use ham, bacon, sausages or even hotdogs.
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as a child, I remember we made moi moi in little evaporated milk tins most of the time. The milk tins were cleaned up when empty and kept aside. When we have collected enough like 2 to 3 dozens, then we made moi moi in them. Sometimes we wrap the moi moi in leaves (banana leaves.) then steamed them on the stove top till it ready. You can pretty much steam or bake your moi moi in any heat safe container you like. The important thing is getting the batter right. So First things first, let's get the batter right.
Growing up did you like moi moi or did you you prefer akara? How do you make yours? Are you of the school of thought that if moi moi isn't made in banana leaves then it's not worth it. Would love to hear your thoughts.
Baked Nigeria Moi moi Pizza
Preparing the beans aka the pizza base
- 1½ cup Brown beans or black eyed peas (peeled and soaked overnight)
- 3 medium red bell peppers (divided Then chopped)
- 1 Large egg
- ¼ cup oil
- 2 Tbsp ground crayfish
- 1 large onion (chopped)
- 1½ cups water
- 6 oz corned beef
- 1 stock cube and salt to taste
- 8 pieces of peperoni
- 1 medium green bell pepper chopped
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Fill an oven safe bowl watering put it at the bottom of the oven as you would when you bake a cheese cakes. This helps to create moisture in the oven and prevents the moi moi from drying put. Remember moi moi is usually steamed.
- Prepare 10/ 11 inch round baking dish or pan by spraying with non stick spray or simply greasing and set aside.
- Rinse the soaked beans and transfer to the blender. Add onions, 2 red bell peppers, habanero pepper, cooking oil, raw egg and 1 cup of water. Blend till smooth. if you find that your blender is struggling to blend , add the remaining ½ cup of water.
- Transfer to a bowl and whisk for about about 2 minutes with your hand mixer. or for 3 minutes with your hand whisk.
- Break up the corn beef and fold into the batter, then transfer into prepared baking dish, Top with pepperoni, chopped green and red bell peppers.
- Put the moin moin in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 55 to 60 mins. The moin moin is done when its firm. Note that hot moin moin is soft but gets firmer as it cools.