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Moin Moin (Steamed Bean Cake)

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Moin moin is one my favorite African food (Nigeria to be specific!). This is a traditional Nigerian food made from a blend of washed and peeled black eyed beans, onions and red bell peppers.

This dish is loaded with protein and it goes will with curry or simply eat it alone. Moin moin is always garnish with some surprise ingredient such as egg, sardines (deboned) or corned beef, these surprises are usually hidden in the center of moin moin.

Again, this is my very first time attempt to cook African food and I'm really pleased with the yummy outcome!
The process of making moin-moin is very tedious, tiring and time consuming (no joke!). The part that I almost surrender is the peeling (dehulling) of beans. So be prepared for a war in your kitchen..LOL!

Of course it is all worth it because I have been craving for a good and delicious moin moin.....what's best when it is homemade!
Moin Moin (Steamed Bean Cake)

350gm Black Eyed Beans
1 pc Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
1 large Red Onion (chopped)
2 tbsp Tomato Puree
4 tbsp Dried Shrimp (blended)
2 pcs Stock Cubes (I used Chicken Stock cubes)
1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
Water
Salt

Garnish:
Hard-Boiled Eggs (I used 6 eggs)

Directions;
  • Wash and soak bean in water for about 2 hours or longer (overnight) then remove the bean by rubbing together for the bean shell to come off. Discard the shell and rinse well. (Tips: In reality, this is not an easy way so I cheated by blending the soaked beans)
     
     
     
  • After all the bean rubbing, add the peeled beans into the blender together with the chopped onion, bell pepper, dried shrimp, stock cubes and tomato puree. Do it in small portion (repeat few times) so all ingredients can be blended until it reaches smooth consistency. (Tips: Add a little water to help blender to work better) 
     
  • Pour the blended mixture into a large bowl and stir in vegetable oil and add salt to taste. If the mixture is too thick then add a little water. 
  • Lightly grease the pan (I used foil container) with some oil. 
  • Pour the bean mixture into the greased pan and add in the egg. Seal the pan with foil. (Tips: Submerge the egg in the bean mixture) 
  • Turn on the Philips Pressure Cooker and insert the steaming stand then add water until it reaches the steaming stand. Place the sealed pan on the steaming stand. 
  • Close the lid then turn the valve to Seal position. Select Steam/Stew mode and adjust the KPT (Keeping Pressure Time) to 40 minutes. (Tips: To know if the moin moin is cooked, run a knife through moin moin and if it comes out clean then it is ready to eat!)
     
     
Adapted from Nigerian Food TV

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