10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Eat and Love Nigerian Food.

Who’s For Dinner? loves Nigerian food and recently asked the Fabulous ChinWe aka SafariOnTheBlog  to send us her Top 10 Reasons why Everyone should eat and love Nigerian Food. We used this as a chance to showcase some of WFD’s favourite Nigerian Foodies too so read on and let us know what you think!

Nigerian Food consists of dishes or food items from the hundreds of ethnic groups that comprise the West African nation of Nigeria. Nigerian food uses spices and herbs in conjuction with palm oil or groundnut oil (although many health enthusiasts have now started using olive oil or coconut oil) to create deeply flavoured sauces and soups often made with chili peppers or scotch bonnet peppers. Nigerian feasts are colourful and lavish, while aromatic market and roadside snacks cooked on barbecues or fried in oil are plentiful and varied. Nigerian food consists mainly of rice, yam, plantain and beans. These are prepared and eaten with the various soup and stew recipes. They can also be prepared in jollof or porridge form.

If you are new to Nigerian food, you will be pleasantly delighted at what awaits you.

Here are 10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Eat and Love Nigerian Food:

1. Nigerian Foods are appetizing and delicious

Rolled Plantain with efo riro - Photo Credit K's Cuisine

Rolled Plantain with efo riro – Photo Credit K’s Cuisine

Nigerian Beef Stew - Photo Credit K's Cuisine

Nigerian Beef Stew – Photo Credit K’s Cuisine

2. Nigerian foods are some of the most accessible “ethnic” food out there​, there are so many different dishes to suit everyone!

3. Nigerian Foods is diverse and full of flavour and organic. They present a healthy choice when eaten in the right combination.

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Okra – Photo Credit Ndudu by Fafa

Suya Photo Credit K's Cuisine

Suya Photo Credit K’s Cuisine

4. Nigerian food recipes are centered around a list of ingredients easily found all over London (or most major cities around the world) or even online via such stores like Ije Shop.

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Maggi and Knorr – Popular stock cube products used in Nigerian food

5. Nigerian foods are natural unrefined, easily grown at subsistence farms e.g rice, beans, plantain, yam. Nigerian foods are mainly starch based, with generous amount of vegetables and fresh or roasted fish or meat.

Beans  and Plantain Photo by SafariOnTheBlog

Beans and Plantain Photo by SafariOnTheBlog

6. Nigerian Foods are devoid of refined sugars and excess food additives. Be mindful of how much salt and oil you use in the preparation of the dishes though.

Buka Jollof with Lamb Kleftiko Photo Credit Ndudu By Fafa

Buka Jollof with Lamb Kleftiko Photo Credit Ndudu By Fafa

7. Nigerian foods is one of the most nutritious on the continent which are helped by the beautiful tropical weather, which means that different varieties of vegetables, fruits, cereals, tubers, nuts, and grains are grown all year round.

Photo Credit: 9jafoodie.com. dobbysignature.com. bellanaija.com. camaraproductions.com

Photo Credit: 9jafoodie.com. dobbysignature.com. bellanaija.com. camaraproductions.com

8. Nigerian foods is eaten with a tasty relish of meat, fish and vegetables and so you are definitely going to get one of your five a day when you eat a Nigerian meal.

Stew Photo Credit The Food Connoisseurs

Stew Photo Credit The Food Connoisseurs

Efo Elegusi and Pounded Yam Photo Credit by The Food Connoisseurs

Efo Elegusi and Pounded Yam Photo Credit by The Food Connoisseurs

9. Nigerian Foods are rich in dietary fibre.

Plantain chips Photo Credit by Sisi Yemmie

Plantain chips Photo Credit by Sisi Yemmie

yam porrige recipe sisi yemmie

Yam porrige Photo Credit sisi yemmie

10. As with any culture, food is central to Nigerian life. Nigerian restaurants can be found on every corner in any major city in the world.

One of my favourite nigerian recipes is the Ekpang nkukwo or cocoyam porridge. It is a native Nigerian dish from the South Eastern Nigerian i.e Akwa Ibom and Cross River States of Nigeria. It is made from grated cocoyams, cocoyam leaves and cooked with either meat, fish, chicken, dried fish, stockfish etc with palm oil as base. There is a recipe by Lohis Creations, a certified chef and food photographer which I love, click here to view.

If you want to learn how to cook Nigerian Food, get Nigerian cooking tips, recipes, food descriptions and more, check out SisiYemmie,  Ndudu By FafaThe Food Connoisseurs K’s Cuisine, DooneyKitchen and AllNigerianRecipes websites.

ChinWe AKA Safari on The Blog is a Blogger,  Content Creator, Reviewer, Social Media Enthusiast and Self Taught Photographer based in London, England. SafariOnTheBlog is a lifestyle blog fusing Art. Beauty. Fashion. Travel. Food. Luxury & Lifestyle Features.

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