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HOW TO MAKE EKURU

Today, we will be discussing how to make ekuru. This might not be a popular dish but after this article, you will have reasons to include ekuru among the dish you prepare at home.

Ekuru is popularly known among the Yoruba people and it is actually a native food of Yoruba land. This delicious dish is said to have originated from Kwara state while some other people say it originates from Ondo state.

Whichever state it comes from, all I know is that it is mostly eaten in these two states. But due to this dish deliciousness, it has now spread to other states in the south-west region.

FACTS

Ekuru is also known as Ofuloju, it is prepared by blending peeled beans and cooking it in wrapped leaves. This dish is said to be a sister to the popular beans pudding known as moimoi that is why sometimes Ekuru is called white moimoi.

The differences between moimoi and ekuru aside from the color is that moimoi is blended with pepper and onions and cooked with other seasonings while Ekuru is blended plain and cooked plain.

Ofuloju is very simple and easy to prepare. It is served at native ceremonies such as burials, naming, and wedding ceremony e.t.c. This dish is best enjoyed and mostly served with fried stew (Ata dindin).

This stew is mostly prepared with meat/beef, ponmo, locust bean(iru), grounded crayfish, dried fish e.t.c.


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HEALTH BENEFITS

  • It is an excellent source of protein which is an important nutrient because it is the building block of the body.
  • Due to the use of beans as the main ingredient in Ekuru, it makes this dish very good for better heart health.
  • This dish is rich in antioxidants which helps in fighting radicals that are responsible for physical aging, inflammation, and cancer.
  • Reduces the risk of having cancer due to its anti-inflammatories and antioxidants properties.
  • It controls appetite due to the presence of fiber and the healthy starch found in it.
  • It makes people fuller thereby preventing overeating which also helps with weight loss.

INGREDIENTS

3 Cups Brown beans or Black-eyed beans

1/4 cup of Palm oil

1 Cup Dried Pepper (Ata Ijosi)

2 pieces of red bell pepper

3 pieces of scotch bonnet

2 medium-sized onions

3 tbsp. of locust bean(iru)

12 pieces of fried assorted meat

1 smoked fish

1 handful of shrimps

2 tbsp. of grounded crayfish

2 seasoning cubes

Salt to taste

PREPARATION

How to make Ekuru

  • Soak the beans in water for about 30minutes and peel the beans by rubbing it in between the palm of your hands. You can also peel the beans with the use of a blender.
  • Rinse the beans thoroughly till it is completely clean. Make sure the shaft is completely rinsed off.
  • Blend the beans in a blender with little water till it forms a very smooth paste. Just make sure the paste has the same consistency as that of moimoi.
  • Pour the bean paste into a bowl and use a wooden ladle to incorporate air into the batter by mixing it for about 10 minutes.
  • Scoop the batter into the banana leaves/foil container/tin container/uma leaves(moimoi leaves). If you are using leaves, make sure you wrap it properly so that the paste will not pour out while cooking.
  • Place the wrapped bean paste in a pot, add water and cook for about 50 minutes- 1hour.
  • Make sure you check the ekuru intermittently to avoid it from getting burnt and water into the pot.
  • When you are sure that the ekuru is done, turn off the heat and set aside.

How to make Ata dindin

  • Soak the dry fish, smoked fish and shrimps in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and set aside for use later.
  • Rinse the locust beans and also set aside for use later.
  • Blend your pepper and one onion(don’t blend smoothly) and add just a little water or better still just use a manual grater to avoid using water at all.
  • Place a frying pan on the heat for about a minute. Pour the palm oil and heat for about 5-7 minutes.
  • After heating add the second onion(chopped) and locust bean and fry for about 30seconds.
  • Add the ponmo and cook for about 10minutes, then add in your grounded crayfish, seasoning cubes, and salt and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  • Add the dry fish, shrimp and fried assorted meat into the sauce and stir.
  • Lastly, Fry till you notice the oil floating above the sauce.
  • Your Ata dindin is ready
  • Serve with your cooked ofuloju

Enjoy!

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