• Ekuru and Ata Din Din

    There are many recipes in my archives that never made it to the blog last year and Ekuru is one of them also known as Ofuloju. There are really many things to do with Nigerian beans (black eyed peas), we have akara, moin-moin, beans pottage and a host of other things. Ata Din din is an accompanying sauce that is really spicy and you can regulate it to your spice level. This dish is high in protein and vitamins and for those that are on a diet, this dish could work very well for you. We may as well start the year on a nice and healthy note. Enjoy this simple offering of Ekuru and Ata Din Din.

    Recipe for Ekuru and Ata Din Din


    2 cups of beans

    1.5 cup of water

    Banana Leaves / Foil


    Wash and soak beans overnight.

    Wash until all the skin has come off and blend the beans with just water.

    With a wooden spoon or hand mixer, fluff the beans to incorporate air into it.

    If using banana leaves, make a cone out of it or whatever shape you want it to come out as, empty the content and wrap. If using a foil, make a cone as well or a pocket wrap and scoop in the content and wrap.

    Line your pot with sticks and pour some water in and bring to boil.

    In the pot of boiling water that has been lined with sticks to elevate the ekuru, place the ekuru in gently.

    Allow to steam on low heat. If you have a steamer, it would also be a good option.

    Steam till its solid and unwrap your ekuru and set aside to serve with the sauce.

    Ata Din Din

    1 large tomatoes

    1 red bell pepper

    1 scotch bonnet pepper

    1 cup of chopped shrimp

    1 cooking spoon of oil




    1. Blend the tomatoes and pepper and boil till the water dries up

    2. Add the oil, shrimp, seasoning and salt and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes on low heat

    3. Serve with Ekuru

    ekuru and ata din din

    steamed beans and pepper sauce

    5 comments on “Ekuru and Ata Din Din”

      • afrolems Reply

        Hello, You may not need to. The point of soaking the beans is to make the skin easier to remove.

        • Oppy Reply

          But ain’t you suppose to mix the ekuru till it incorporates bubbles and becomes fluffy like cake batter. Thats what makes it ekuru. The fluffyness and crumbly nature.

    1. Olabisi Aso Reply

      After grinding the beans you are to mix (preferably in a mortar) until fluffy. Also make sure the paste is not smooth when u grind the beans. After cooking you should be able to use your hand and scatter the ekuru to crumbs.

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