Top 10 Famous Yoruba Food

By Dickson Osas

One of the largest tribes in Nigeria is the Yoruba ethnic group. This tribe has one of the best African food and dishes in Nigeria. They can combine different food crops to derive a sweet delicacy. The following are some major Yoruba dishes. 

Iyan (Pounded Yam)

Pounded yam and Egusi soup yoruba culture

Pounded yam has been around for a long time and is well-liked among Yorubas. A mixture of cooked yam chunks that have been pounded or mashed with a pestle and mortar is known as pounded yam.

It complements many delicious soups and sauces, such as melon soup and vegetable sauce. The soup may be placed in a different bowl or served on a separate dish.

Àmàlà (Yam Flour/ Cassava Flour/ Plantain Flour)

Amala, Ewedu, Okra and chicken stew
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In the Yoruba land, Amàlà is a trendy dish among the natives. The meals can be derived from three methods: Yam, cassava, and plantain. Clean Yam chunks that have been peeled and dried are ground into a powder to create yam flour. After cooking, it either appears in black or dark brown. 

Also, dried cassava is ground into a fine powder to create cassava flour, which has a light color, while unripe plantains are peeled, dried, and mixed to make plantain flour. In comparison to the other two forms, it contains fewer carbohydrates. People with diabetes are mostly recommended to take Amala because of its small carbohydrate diet.

Àkàrà (Fried Bean Cake)

Akara Bean cake


Àkàrà is a Yoruba delicacy. There are numerous versions of this fried made with black-eyed beans. The beans are shelled, rinsed, and combined into a paste, which is then deep-fried in vegetable or palm oil, as is frequently done by the Yoruba. Fish, spices, and other toppings make it taste wonderful (optional). Akára is a fantastic breakfast food packed with protein and fiber. It is related explicitly to Yoruba history and culture and was used to greet warriors after returning from a victorious battle.

Asaro (Yam Porridge)

Asaro Yam Porridge

Asaro, also known as yam porridge, is another mouthwatering yam meal beloved by the Yoruba people. Porridge yam by making use of yam and some spicy ingredients. A small number of crushed yams is added to the mixture of components. This meal can be enjoyed anytime. Garnish, shrimp, crayfish, pig, or chicken can be added to give a better taste. It is commonly presented with fried or boiled plantains, vegetable stew, tomato stew, and other sauces. It contains a lot of protein, magnesium, iron, and carbs and is rich in vitamin C.

Egusi (Melon Seed Soup)

Egusi Soup Melon seed

An egusi is a hearty and tasty soup from the Yoruba land prepared from grounded dried melon seeds. Oil, green vegetable, peppers, tomatoes, meat, cow skin, fish, and other seasonings are used to make it. The nutrients exact from melon are amino acids, vitamins, and protein, among others. Depending on the food combined, it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Ẹ̀bà (Cassava Meal)

Eba Cassava Meal

a Yoruba meal is known as Eba, also referred to as Garri in other languages, made from dried traditional fermented flakes Garri can be transformed into a ball. Hot water is added to some Garri in a bowl to prepare b after cooking for a few minutes; it is mixed until the consistency resembles dough.

Ewa Agoyin “Ewa” 

Ewa Agoyin and Agege bread

Ewa Agoyin, which translates to “porridge beans,” refers to a cuisine popular among the Yoruba people of the Benin Republic. The beans can be cooked until they are highly mushy, then blended. The recipes for such food are for palm oil, pepper, beans, and prawns.

Gbegiri Soup

Gbegiri Soup

Gbegiri is a well-known dish with many health advantages among the Yoruba tribe. An exceptional meal called begin connected to a tribe’s lengthy history. This meal, black-eyed beans soup, is regarded as being very tasty. It is made out of palm oil, veggies, and ground beans. It tastes great when combined with mashed yam or yam flour meal.

Efo Riro 

Eforiro & fufu
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The dish is related to the Efik-originating Afang soup. Spinach and some species are used to make Efo Riro. A mixture of stocked fish and diced meat can add to give a great delicacy. You can get many health advantages from the stew. You must test that stew because it is high in vitamins, Efo Riro.