Are you searching for Nigerian food, looking to make that top of the world Nigeria food dish for your spouse or family? Then, you are looking at food eaten by an estimated 190 million people. As a result of this huge population, Nigeria is considered the most populous country in Africa.
Nigerian is a country in the western part of Africa, with over 500 distinct ethnic groups. As expected with such diversity, each region has its unique cuisine.
However, due to interaction amongst the different ethnic groups, dishes once considered regional have attained national status.
Western and early Arabian contact have influenced the preferences and choices you would find on the Nigerian table.
Nigerian food consists of what we call"swallows"(these are fufu, dumplings. Staples like cassava, plantain, yam, cocoyam, millet, beans, maize, or rice are boiled, steamed, fried and served with a Nigerian soup or stew of choice.
Soups and stews are generally a careful and deliberate blend of spices and seeds or thickeners in a broth enriched with fish and assortment of meats and leafy vegetables if desired.
Desserts are fruits grown near homes.
Below is a list of typical breakfast, lunch and dinner, not an exhaustive list but an overview of what to expect.
The typical Nigerian breakfast largely depends on what is affordable and available where you live. I think these two considerations is the same for people everywhere. Breakfast might be very light or as elaborate as dinner.
The following are popular choices:
The list goes on and on. We have listed only healthy and authentic African food choices easily found across the country.
Lunch and dinner are the same, depending on preference, it could be light snacking or meals like:
Dinner or supper in Nigeria is usually eaten anytime from 6 to 8pm.
It is often a lighter meal than lunch. Popular supper or dinner menu list in Nigeria include:
In between food, snacking is very common. Popular Nigerian snacks include:
Cooking is a very important skill quickly learned at very young age by both boys and girls, however, culturally more is expected from the girls. Cooking is done mainly by the women and the skill is passed on from one generation to the nxet. Young women are taught early that "the fastest way to a man's heart is via his stomach"... and you get there by learning to cook delicious meals!
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