How to Make Gbegiri (Beans) Nigerian Soup – Feyisope Akinyosoye

When some people think of beans, they assume there are only few ways you can make it. Gbegiri is soup made from beans and it is easy to make and very tasty. This is a traditional Nigerian recipe that is specific to the Yoruba People. Many Nigerian Soups have their variations. Gbegiri is on of those dishes. You can add or subtract from it to fit your taste buds. Some like it really spicy and some like it mild. Gbegiri is a Yoruba word which means ‘beans’. Vegetarians can have their version of this dish by skipping on the meat, chicken etc but still getting the protein requirement from this meal. Enjoy the Afrolems version of the Gbegiri Recipe.


1/2 cup of beans

Red Oil

Stock (Dry) Fish




Grounded Crayfish

Dry Pepper

Blended pepper and Tomato


Soak the beans in some hot water; this makes it easier for the back of the beans to come off

Wash the beans until it is completely clean.

Put it in a pan and allow to boil for an hour and 30 minutes or until it is completely soft and mushy.

In another pot, boil your meat and add the necessary seasoning.

Using a sieve, extract the liquified beans. Use a spoon as this is easier, and it will help remove all the water completely.

Transfer the extraction into a clean pot and add the red oil, a little blended pepper, and dry pepper.

Allow to boil for 3-5 minutes, then add the meat stock.

Season to taste

Add the dry fish( ensure you soak the dry fish in some hot salted water before using it)  and the cray fish.

Allow to boil on low heat for 10 minutes.

You can serve with ewedu (jute leaves) and pounded yam or amala.

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