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How to Cook Apapa – Ebira Traditional Moimoi


The Ebira people also known as Anebira have many traditional foods which is prided as part of their cultural heritage. One of such food is the apapa which is the traditional moimoi of the ebira people. This food is a very popular delicacy which is commonly eaten far and wide in every part of Ebira land. In fact, when you anywhere in the world where Ebira people celebrate festivals and their heritage, you’ll discover that one of the local foods they prepare is apapa. Apapa is a popular Ebira delicacy that has been enjoyed for generations by the Ebira people.

Apapa is very different from the moimoi known among the Yoruba people. Although both are prepared in almost similar way, they taste differently and so do they have different color. Many people have been asking to know the difference between apapa and the Yoruba moimoi and you will find that out in this article. Apapa has a deeper color than the regular Yoruba moimoi. In preparing apapa, you do not remove the bean hulls (bean skin) like you do when preparing the regular moimoi. The skin contributes a lot to the color and the taste of the apapa. The apapa is delicious meal that you can never get tired of eating.

Regardless of your tribe or ethnic group, once you have a bite of the ebira apapa, you will not want to stop eating because, this meal naturally makes people want more and more of it. Apapa is not the only ebira traditional delicacy that tastes nice, there are as well other delicacies rooted to be of ebira origin, and if you want to know more of them, you will by following our blog articles, as we will keep updating our blog with information on how to cook the various delicacies of anebira. However, our focus in this post is to provide you with the step-by-step method of cooking the apapa, traditional moimoi of the ebira people.

Ingredients needed to cook apapa

We will be providing the ingredients required to cook apapa that will be enough for as many as 3 people to eat.

  • White beans – 2 cups
  • Palm oil – ½ – ¾ cup
  • Maggi seasoning – 2 cubes
  • Salt (to taste) – as required
  • Onions – 1 big-sized
  • Habanero pepper or scotch bonnet – 5 pieces (depending on how much consume pepper)
  • Crayfish – 2 tbs


  • Pick the beans to free of dirt and soak in water for about 6 hours
  • After soaking, do not remove the bean hulls or skins. Just get rid of the water used in soaking. You can rinse one more time with a neat water.
  • Place the beans in a neat bowl, wash the pepper and onions, add the washed pepper and slice the washed onions in it.
  • Grind the beans with it hulls, pepper, and onions in a blender. Add small water quantity to enhance the blending process. Do not blend to be watery.
  • After blending, pour in a hollow bowl and get it ready to add the ingredients.

How to cook the apapa

  • Dissolve the 2 cubes of maggi seasoning in a small quantity of hot water and add to the blended beans
  • Add the other ingredients or spices including crayfish, palm oil, and salt
  • After adding the necessary ingredients, stir or mix thoroughly using a stirring stick. If the mixture is too thick, you can add small quantity of water, then mix again. Continue stirring till it assumes a standard consistency (not too thick)
  • After this, add some quantity in a white nylon (santana) and tie. The 2 cups of beans should be enough to fill 4 – 6 white nylon
  • Place a pot on fire and add enough water quantity in it. When the water is hot, place the them in the pot, cover and cook till its done. Make sure you monitor and add more water in the pot if necessary.


The apapa (ebira local moimoi) is a common and special meal consumed by every household in the Ebira land. The meal can be eaten alone, or with pap or garri. It is a commonly prepared meal for festivals.

We are sure that you must have learned how to prepare apapa meal after reading this article. Please do not hesitate to share this post to some of your friends that might also need it. Thank you for reading!


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