There is just so much about Nigeria that it tops African countries with the most intriguing cultures.
One of the most amazing things about Nigeria is how deeply-rooted traditions are, something illuminated through the country’s food culture which is dynamic due to the presence of many ethnic communities whose choice of meals is inspired by religion and other beliefs.
Delicious are the meals but in the majority of homes that you will walk into for dinner, the cuisine served is a fusion of traditional and modern meals from across the country. Here are the most popular foods in Nigeria, a country with a population of over 200 million people.
Fish and yam stew
A popular culture in Nigeria is what you would call “meat syndrome”. Meat—be it beef, mutton, or chicken and fish are popular. Fish and yams are loved for dinner especially due to the ease of preparing. Vegetables and spices are added to give the added zing to your stew.
Beef and Spaghetti Stew
It only takes boiling and a little bit of sprucing up to make your spaghetti yummy, an art Nigerians have mastered with beef as the accompaniment. Vegetable and spices give your meal more flavour.
Rice, meat stew and vegetables
Just like any native African home, rice is a household dish. Coupled with vegetables and meat stew the meal is not only delicious and satisfying but nutritious as well.
Semovita with Okra Soup
If you are the heavy-meal-type, Semovita and okra soup serves you well. It is a deeply traditional but popular meal in Nigeria that takes time to prepare but is highly fulfilling. Semovita is ground flour (yams/cassava/maize) which is served with okra soup prepared with fish and vegetables.
Plantain (banana) stew
Plantains in Nigeria are popular because they can be prepared in different ways and can also be cooked with many other dishes. Raw plaintains are boiled and cooked alongside vegetables and fish.