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Best Sunday Meals You Can Eat Instead of Rice – friendly comfort food

Always thinking of meals to eat on Sunday or festive day other than rice? I will show you some meals you can substitute for rice. 

Cooking rice every Sunday is a fairly common practice in Nigeria. Most households boil white rice, which is served with stew or soup and richly garnished with fish or meat depending on the occasion. Egusi soup, Banga soup, and vegetable soup are some soups with boiling white rice.  

Rice is a staple food in Nigeria. Nigerians eat rice in various forms; Jollof rice, Fried rice, Coconut rice or cooked white and paired with tomato stew, pepper soup or any other sauce of choice.  

Every Sunday, Nigerians unite in their homes to consume various types of rice. We’ve decided to put an end to it. That is why we have provided other meals for you to try instead.  

Custard  

Sunday is for sleeping, and nothing puts people to sleep faster than custard. Make a big bowl for the family and rest afterwards.    

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Bread  

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There’s no food more versatile than bread. That’s why you should eat it. Find a version of bread you like and just enjoy yourself. 

Puff puff 

It can be eaten as a dessert or can be eaten with other things to form small chops. Either way, puff puff is great for family building, especially if you decide to make it yourself. 

Garri 

This is undoubtedly the popular staple food eaten in Nigeria. It is consumed in the majority of the households in Nigeria, irrespective of region or ethnicity. Garri is prepared from cassava. The cassava is first harvested, peeled, washed, and grounded. 

The grounded cassava is drained of water, some starch and hydrocyanic acid before it is sieved and fried in a hot pan. The result of this process is called garri.  

Pounded Yam 

This is a very soft food served in several Nigerian homes and restaurants. It can be enjoyed with a variety of soups such as Ogbono, Egusi, vegetable, and Afang soups. Prepared Pounded Yam, the desired quantity of yam is peeled, washed thoroughly, and boiled to tenderness. 

This boiled yam is then pounded in a mortar until a soft mash is formed. The people of Western Nigeria, called the Yorubas, are known to be very fond of pounded yam, but it is also eaten among the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria. 

Egusi Soup 

This is one of the most popular soups in Nigeria. It is consumed in several homes especially during celebrations. Its unique texture and fluffiness are some of the qualities that make this soup a special Nigerian delicacy. 

The Egusi soup is prepared from processed melon seed using ingredients like stockfish, red oil, meat, stockfish, vegetables, seafood, onions, and other condiments. The soup is served with pounded yam, garri, amala, etc. 

Suya 

This is simply nicely cut beef that is spiced and grilled over an open flame. It is served with fresh cabbage, tomatoes, and onions. It is usually wrapped with old newspapers or aluminum foil and eaten during the evening. 

This spicy delicacy is a specialty of the Hausa people of Northern Nigeria. A special kind of spice mix called Yaji is usually added to the meat before grilling. 

Akara 

Nigerian snacks - akara

This is another popular Nigerian delicacy. It is called Kosai in the Northern parts of the country. It is simply bean cake deep fried in either palm or groundnut oil. 

The beans are first soaked in water to remove the skin and then ground to a mash that is then deep-fried. Another kind of Akara can also be prepared by frying grated water yam. 

Moi Moi

 

One of the really good foods you can eat in Nigeria that will blow your taste buds is Moi Moi. It is a very delicious dish that has earned its popularity due to its unique taste. Just like Akara, it is made from processed beans but the difference is that instead of being fried it is boiled. 

Moi Moi can be garnished with fish, egg or crayfish. The basic ingredients are oil, tomatoes, pepper, salt and some spices. It can be eaten alone or with soaked garri, pap or custard; just do whatever works for you. 

Pepper Soup 

This is also a very common delicacy eaten in almost every part of the country. It usually contains a plethora of beef, chicken, mutton or fresh fish.

It is a very healthy soup due to the natural spices used to prepare it. A touch of pepper soup on the tongue leaves an unforgettable taste that will keep you asking for more. It is very spicy, delicious and comes with a nice aroma. 

Nkwobi 

This is a very common soup among the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria. Nkwobi is prepared from cow legs and head, and is mostly a traditional dessert, adequately garnished with Utazi leaves and palm oil. It is usually eaten with a glass of palm wine, which is said to be the best drink to flush it down the belly. 

Ewa Agoyin 

This is a delicacy that is very popular among the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria. It originated from the Benin Republic. Ewa Agoyin is cooked mashed beans eaten with pepper sauce. 

This sauce is made not just from pepper but also involves onion, tomato, crayfish, and some spices. This combination produces a taste that will make you ask for more. 

Abacha and Ugba 

This is another Nigerian food common among the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria. It is also called African salad. Abacha is prepared from cassava, which is first properly cooked, then grated before sun dried. These sundried cassava flakes are then used to prepare Abacha. 

This delicious delicacy is made with sliced Ugba (oil bean seed) and some fresh vegetables. It is mostly served with fried fish and ponmo (cowskin) and eaten as a dessert. 

Amala and Ewedu 

Ewedu is a delicious soup mostly associated with the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria. It is, however, a very popular delicacy in the country. Ewedu soup is made from the leaves of a Jute plant that is blended into a mucilaginous form such as okra soup. 

Ewede soup is usually garnished with a lot of meat and ponmo (cowskin) and best served with Amala. A tomato-pepper sauce can also be added to the Ewedu soup to accommodate for the slight bitterness possessed by the Jute plant leaves. 

Beans and Plantain 

If you visited Nigeria and didn’t taste this food, your trip was incomplete. There is an abundance of beans and plantain in Nigeria, therefore preparing this delicious delicacy is not a problem.  

This combination is made as portage and richly garnished with dried fish and other ingredients that are meant to increase the quality. Beans and plantain is a very special Nigerian delicacy that I believe you would love to taste. 

Ogbono Soup 

This is another important soup eaten in Nigeria. It is prepared from the seed of bush mango (a wild variant of mango) with oil, meat, stockfish, dried fish and other condiments. Ogbono soup is normally served with Eba, fufu or pounded yam. 

The slippery texture of Ogbono soup earned it the sobriquet “draw soup”; this characteristic makes it go well with Eba or fufu balls. It is said to be one of the easiest soups to prepare. 

Banga Soup 

This is a very popular soup in Nigeria, mostly common in the southern region of the country. This delicious soup is made from ripe palm fruit and adequately garnish with meats, fish and other special ingredients that give it a unique aroma and taste. It is mostly eaten with starch and sometimes white rice. 

Efo Riro 

This is a very delicious Nigerian soup, which is mostly associated with the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria. Efo riro is made with a combination of pumpkin leaves, chicken or smoked fish, and beef. Vegetables like water leaf and spinach can also be used in place of pumpkin leaves. 

Afang Soup 

This is another popular soup in Nigeria. It is mostly associated with the Efik tribe of Southern Nigeria. Afang soup is a vegetable soup prepared with meat, stockfish, and seafood such as prawn and periwinkles. 

The leafy vegetable normally used to prepare this delicious soup is the Afang or Okazi leaves. Due to its toughness, the leaf is slice into very tiny bits. Afang soup is best served with Eba, fufu or pounded yam. 

Tuwo Shinkafa 

This a very popular dish among Hausa people of Northern Nigeria. The word “Tuwo Shinkafa” means “mashed rice”. It is also prepared by boiling rice to tenderness and then mashing into a semi-solid form. Also served with soups like Miyan Kuka, Miyan Kardashi or even bean soup. It is usually for either lunch or dinner. 

Okpa 

This is a very delicious Nigerian delicacy, mostly common in the eastern region of Nigeria especially Enugu State.

Okpa is prepared by grounding Bambara nuts into flour and mixing it with hot water and other necessary ingredients. These ingredients include crayfish, palm oil, fresh pepper, pumpkin vegetables (if desired) and salt. The dish is very nutritious and delicious.  

 

 

 

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