Nigerian Adalu recipe

Nigerian Adalu recipe

This was one my favorite things to eat growing up, I have intense love for beans and corn so this is a perfect marriage. This combination is known as adalu amongst the Yoruba people. It’s deliciously savory and doesn’t require a whole lot of finesse to make. Make sure the water is almost all dried out from the beans before you add in the other ingredients.


  • Red or black eyed beans – 2 cups
  • Cooked Corn – 2 cups (Substitute frozen kernel corn)
  • Onion (chopped) – 1/2 medium size
  • Palm oil – 1/4 cup
  • Ground crayfish – 1/4 cup
  • Maggi – 2 cubes
  • Salt- To taste
  • Ground pepper – 1 teaspoon


  • Set a large pot on medium heat; add in 4 cups of water and the onions. Cover and bring to a boil, add in the beans. Leave to cook for up to two hours or until the beans is fully cooked. (Add more water as the beans cooks if needed)
  • Add in the palm oil, maggi cubes, salt, pepper, corn and crayfish. Combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Simmer for 10 more minutes

PS: I added in some smoked turkey into the dish presented and it was a great addition. You can also use smoked fish.

Source: 9jafoodie