Nigerian Beans Porridge in a bowl

Nigerian Beans Porridge Recipe

Nigerian Beans porridge is a delicious mix of brown beans, onions, pepper, salt and palm oil. Simple ingredients that somehow produce a decadent meal. This Nigerian bean porridge recipe is soo delicious and definitely a keeper. Read on and see how you can cook up this tasty, soft and delicious
Course Main Course
Cuisine Nigerian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8


  • 4 cups Brown (honey beans)
  • 3 medium Red Onions. (chopped)
  • 2 bonnet pepper or Jamaican hot Pepper (reduce to 1 if you want to encourage your kiddos to give it a try)
  • 1 cup Palm Oil
  • Salt to taste.


  • Measure out your beans, wash, put in a clean pot with water on the stove top and bring to boil.
  • Once it boils, sieve out the water, add more water and rinse without rubbing then put back on stove. This helps to reduce the pesticides that may have been used during farming and also aids the expulsion of ┬áthe gas that causes bloating for which beans is notorious for.
  • When the beans starts to boil again, then add 1 cup of chopped onions and a table spoon of salt. (Or to your taste)
  • As the water dries keep adding water to a level just above the beans, and keep checking the beans till it is cooked to a soft to touch but not mushy consistency.
  • When the beans is soft to touch, (like the picture below) allow the water to reduce but not dry out. Then turn off the heat.
  • Here's what makes the difference. The sauce A.K.A onion-pepper medley sauce

The sauce: Onion-pepper medley sauce

  • While the beans is cooking, Put a clean sauce pan on the stove top and heat up the palm oil. (Be careful not to burn the oil)
  • Pour in the remaining 31/2 cups of onions. You will hear the shhhhhh sound haha... You are on track. Stir a bit then add your chopped scotch bonnet pepper or Jamaican pepper.
  • Keep stirring until the onions soften please don't leave your spot so it doesn't get burnt. Can you perceive the aroma now? Hmmmm..... I sure can. It should take about 4 minutes to get it soft and ready. Turn off the heat.

Finishing touches

  • Mix in the sauce with the beans, turn the heat back on but on low.
  • Allow it to simmer for about 5 minutes on low heat until the porridge bubbles to the surface. Stir the beans well and turn off the stove
  • Yep our meal is ready. Serve with fried or boiled plantain, fried or boiled potatoes or boiled yam. Enjoy!!!


Quick Tips. Onions is a the secret to a lot af delicious meals and lots of it definitely makes the difference in the taste of beans. You may be wondering 'why don't you just blend the onions and pepper', yes you can, in fact I do that for some other food recipes but usually not my beans. This will mean the sauce making stage will take longer because the water has to dry out from the blended mixture to get close to where we want it to be. It is important that you cook the beans till it is soft. A pressure cooker will do you a world of good if you have one because it will save you time and actually get you to the soft consistency of beans we are looking for easily.