Top 25 Yoruba Foods Native to Yorubas.

Hello. In this article, I will be listing 25 different Yoruba foods that you can try today. Whatever the reason why you are reading this, this list will help you. Let’s go!

1. Àmàlà

This food is so popular amongst the Yorubas. It is a dark brown Swallow (Òkèlè) made from yam flour powder which is called Èlùbọ́ in Yorùbá language. It is made by heating the yam flour powder in hot water on fire and stirring and turning till done. It is usually taken with different native Yoruba stews like Gbẹ̀gìrì with Ewédú, ẹ̀fọ́ riró, etc. It is a Swallow, that is it is ingested by simply swallowing.

2. Ẹ̀bà

This is another Swallow native to the Yorubas. It is made from Garri which is simply cassava flakes. It is made by heating, stirring and thickening in boiling water to form the solid paste called Ẹ̀bà. It is a Swallow also eaten with stews.

3. Íyán

This is another heavenly tasting Swallow made by heating yam flour or pounding yam to form solid paste. It is soooo delicious! Personally, it is my best Yorùbá Swallow and Food! It is best eaten with ẹfọ riró! My personal recommendation!!

5. Ewedu

This is a drawing vegetable soup made by beating or grinding Ewédú leaves in hot water at high speed. This ensures that the soup draws. It is commonly eaten with Swallows.

6. Ọ̀fàdà rice

This is a type of brown rice native to Yorùbá land. It is unpolished rice and tastes really good. Best eaten with Ofada stew.

7. Ẹ̀fọ́ riró

This is vegetable soup made by cooking vegetables of different kinds with pepper and various assortments e.g pọ̀mọ́ 😉 It can be eaten with rice but it is most commonly taken with Swallows. I personally like it with bread! Yum!

8. Ìkọ́kọrẹ

This is yam porridge in Yorùbá land. It tastes amazing!

9. Ẹ̀wà àgọ̀yìn

This is a special beans dish made from a special type of beans and it has its own stew made with palm oil. It tastes fabulous with Agege bread! Agege bread is just slang for loaf bread.. nothing special.

10. Àkàrà

This is fried beancake. It is most commonly taken with ògì (pap made from corn starch just like custard) and it is also taken with bread or soaked Garri.

11. Ìgbín

This is snail meat that has been wrapped in pepper and other spices and condiments. Tastes fabulous!

12. Moin-moin

This is steamed beans paste. It is usually very soft and fluffy to taste and has a sweet aroma. Moin-moin is a type of steamed bean-cake. Usually eaten with jollof rice or drank with soaked Garri.

13. Gbegiri

This is a delicious stew usually eaten with Ewédú. It is made from bean paste and tastes amazing with the Amala Swallow.

14. Ọbẹ̀ ẹ̀gúsí

This is a stew made from ground melon seeds. It is usually cooked with vegetables and eaten with Swallows. Yum!

15. Dodo ìkìrè

This is fried plantain that has been spiced and tastes amazing, smells amazing!

16. Ìṣu àti épo.

This is boiled yam eaten with palm oil. It could also be boiled yam eaten with groundnut oil which is called Òróró in Yorùbá.

17. Ẹyin

This is either boiled or fried egg. Fried yam is called ẹyin dindin in Yorùbá.

18. Dùndún

This is fried yam in Yorùbá. Tastes amazing with stews.

19. Ọ̀dùnkún

This is potato in Yorùbá. Potatoes could be boiled or fried. The boiled one could be eaten with palm oil or stews or groundnut oil. This fried potatoes are eaten with stew mostly.

20. Gàrrí àti ẹ̀pà

This is cassava flakes soaked in water with sugar, milk added to sweeten and add nutritional value to it. Then ẹ̀pà is groundnut that is added to the mixture. It is best eaten with cold water. Tastes amazing and saves lots of money too!

21. Àsun

this is goat meat that is roasted in fire or fried and then wrapped with stew and onion slices. Tastes amazing with Garri or eaten alone!

22. Jollof rice

This is boiled rice that has been peppered and spiced. I don’t know if it is native to Yoruba people but it is called Irẹsì riró. Jollof rice is staple party food in Owambẹs and parties.

23. Dòdò

This is fried plantain. It could be eaten with beans, fried egg, rice or anything!

24. Akàn

This is cooked crab that is wrapped in peppery sauce. It could be eaten with rice or with Swallows when immersed in soups!

25. Ògì or Kókó

This is a custard like food made from corn starch. It is usually eaten in the morning and comes in two main colours.

26. Ìlá

This is a drawing soup made from okro.

27. Oríṣi ẹran

There are different types of meat eaten in Yoruba land. There is ògúfe, ogbukọ, ẹran adìyẹ, etc.

So, I believe I have helped you! Above are 27 different foods native to Yoruba Tribe. There are more, I am sure, that I don’t know or that I forgot to add. Add more in the comments!

Moyinoluwa Olawoye

I am Moyinoluwa. A young Nigerian adult. Trying to make Yoruba more understandable and relatable. And of course, I am the founder of this beautiful website you are reading. 😍 Follow me on Facebook and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to the blog below too!

Moyinoluwa Olawoye

I am Moyinoluwa. A young Nigerian adult. Trying to make Yoruba more understandable and relatable. And of course, I am the founder of this beautiful website you are reading. 😍 Follow me on Facebook and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to the blog below too!

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