Moi Moi pops!


moin moin

Hello guys this is mostly a picture post to give you an idea the kinds of things I create when I am away from this page for days at a time. Whether I am catering a “Nigerian” hor d’oeuvres party or writing for the numerous publications I work with. I try as much as possible not to forget to update this blog at least twice a week. Some weeks are harder than others with either lack of inspiration, clogged schedules or plain ol laziness but I find that when I have difficult days I like to come back to where it all started. This page. Where I decided I was going to change my life. Where the dreams all started. It was on this blog. This very blog and five years later, I am still here a totally different person but still here. It is such a nice thing to be able to reminisce about times in life that you could never have again and luckily because of this blog I have amazing memories attached to every single post you see here. Today’s recipe is one I have shared before but I got the idea to bake them in my mini-muffin pan(when I realized I had run out of foil paper) and I got some amazing hor d’oeuvres to share at my next cocktail event. Hope you like them.

moin moin

Serves 12
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 30 minutes
Meal type Side Dish
Region Nigerian
How to make Nigerian Moin Moin/ moi moi/ mai mai steamed bean pudding.


  • 1 cup bean flour
  • 2 Small onions
  • 1 Large red bell pepper
  • 1 habanerno/scotch bonnet/atarodo
  • 1 cube maggi/knorr
  • 2 tablespoons crayfish
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup water
  • cooking spray
  • mini muffin tins
  • large pot
  • foil paper


Step 1 Mix 1 cup of bean flour and warm water and allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
Step 2 Pour the mixture into a blender. add onions, bell pepper, scotch bonnet, and blend until it is a very fine mixture.
Step 3 Pour back into a bowl. Add the crayfish, seasoning cube, salt and oil then mix well. taste for seasoning. Add corn beef, tuna, sardines, hard boiled egg to the mixture (optional)
Step 4 Pour about a cup of water into the large pot. Line with foil paper.
Step 5 Oil the muffin tin with the cooking spray and pour enough batter to fill up the little holes. cover with foil paper. Gently place the muffin/cupcake pan into the large pot and steam for about 25-30 minutes. Because they are so small in size, the get ready relatively fast. Check for done-ness by inserting a knife and ensuring it is cooked through.
Step 6 serve with all your fave Nigerian dishes as a side. Or if you are on a diet, eat alone. These can also be made in ramekins, foil paper folds, or banana leaf.

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  1. I love the concept!

  2. Moi Moi in muffin tins? Wonderful idea! The kids will love this.Definitely trying it out. Weldone Lohi!!!

  3. melvaleen Says: March 9, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    this is really nice… great idea!

  4. Looks amazing. Surprised that I don’t see more Nigerian restaurants here in NYC. Would love to taste some of these dishes.

    • OH there are some Nigerian restaurants in New York! The most popular one is called Buka and it is in Brooklyn. Let me know if you ever end up going.

  5. These look awesome, I really like the concept.

  6. […] Soup) and Ekpang Nkukwo (Cocoyam Porridge), and such personal creations as Plantain Sandwich and Moi Moi Pops. Lohi also contributes her culinary expertise to Radiant Health Magazine and Bella […]

  7. Hi,
    Can i use the paper cupcake cups for this?

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