11 Delicious Nigerian Food Combinations

Nigeria is home to some of the strangest but delicious food combinations.  History seems to have forgotten about these food combinations,  making it hard to know where some of these combinations originate from. 

These combinations are all unique in their own ways. They are used mostly by students and bachelors all over the country. Most Nigerian delicious food combinations are swallow. 

One of this food is recognized as one of the tastiest food in the world. Before I go on, I have to warn you that you may see some really strange Nigerian food combinations.

 1. Amala, Gbegiri and Ewedu 

Amala, gbegiri and Ewedu is one of the Nigerian food combinations

Amala, gbegiri, and Ewedu are some of the Nigerian food combinations.  it is particularly known to the Yoruba’s that is south-West in particular. Research has made us know that 80% of the Yoruba prefer to eat Amala, gbegiri, and Ewedu on most occasions. The food is served at parties such as anniversaries, weddings, funerals, etc. 

You need to taste the above-mentioned food combination.  You may prefer it to cooked rice. Some Yoruba people believe that if you have not made Amala, gbegiri, and ewedu available, you have not really organized a good party.

The food raw ingredients include yam flour which is made from yam, which undergoes some processes before it becomes Amala ready for food.

Lafun (This is an extraction from Cassava, white in nature). Lafun is also called Amala but some people don't like it. Due to personal reasons and experience. This type of food is common to people in Ibadan and Ogun state respectively. Lafun is still added to yam flavor to give the common amala its draw characteristics.

Furthermore, gbegiri is the name of the soup popular to the Yoruba's as well, made to eat amala. Below is the makeup of the soup called gbegiri. Wash and remove the beans' cover. Put the beans on fire add potash, till it is softened. Then you sieve it and add pepper, salt, Maggi, and red oil. And return it back to the fire.

Ewedu is one of the soups popular in Yoruba, green in nature. In addition, a larger percentage of people love to combine the above-mentioned food.

2. Banga soup and starch  

among Nigerian food combination is Banga soup and starch

The major ingredient of this soup is fruits from the oil palm tree.  Provides fat as well as flavor to this soup which originated from the Urhobos in Delta state, Nigeria. It also features fresh catfish, beef, and dried seafood.

It’s so popular that packets of ready-mixed banga spice are sold in shops. To make the preparation of this soup easy, for everyone irrespective of their location. Most blends include African nutmeg, castor seed, orima, Jansa, and beletete leaves.

The spices infuse a rich, red sauce that’s the soup’s main draw. Soak it up with a ball of starch. Starch is a Nigerian staple made from cassava prepared with different methods. 

It is not just highly nutritious but equally tastes great, no wonder most recently CNN travels named Banga soup as one of the tastiest soups in the world. Similar (not exactly) food is found in other African countries such as Ghana and Cameroon.

3. Tuwo Shinkafa And Miyan taushe  

nigerian food combination, tuwo Shinkafa and miyan taushe

This particular dish is eaten by people in the northern part of Nigeria. Tuwo shinkafa is made from rice pudding by mashing the rice with a wooden spoon. The soup miyan taushe goes well with Tuwo. 

Miyan is made with different ingredients, such as assorted meat, fish, Peanut Butter, palm oil, onions, tomatoes, Dawa Dawa (locust beans), Scotch Bonnet (Ata Rodo), Yakuwa leaves (sorrel), Spinach, and Jan Tatasei (Red bell peppers). The food is nutritious and it is affordable.

4. Jollof and Fried Rice Combination  

Jollof and friend rice is another nigerian food combination

Easy and delicious cooked Nigerian food combinations are classic dishes of Jollof rice and fried rice combination. Both are absolutely done on the cooker. It is perfect for regular days and on special occasions.

The food is very popular among Nigerians; there have been arguments about its origin. No matter the origin, Jollof rice, and fried rice are just nice food combinations you will always love to eat. The difference between the Jollof and fried rice is the preparation. So, for the food combination, you have to prepare it separately.

Jollof Rice is cooked in a flavorful tomato-based broth. While fried rice is cooked as the rice is fried with ingredients.

This delicious Jollof and fried rice dish can be served with any meat or non-meat recipes like chicken and beef, fried plantain, Cucumber Tomato Salad, and more.

5. Pounded Yam, Vegetable, and Melon Soup  

Pounded yam, melon and vegetable soup is one of nigerian food combination.

Pounded Yam, Melon, and Vegetables Soup is another preferably Nigerian food combination. Popular in the South West in Nigeria. This is because it is tasty and its nutrients compositions, ranges from Carbohydrates, full of energy enrichment, vitamin, and vegetables. Yam is a tuber plant that is used to do Pounded Yam. Melon is also available all the seasons because it is able to be preserve.

Pounded Yam is made by peeling the raw tuber of yams and cooked on the fire with water until it softens. Then you put it inside Mortar and pound it with pestle till it's succulent without any lump.  Now,  the energetic food is ready to be devoured.

Vegetables and Melon are gotten by the following ingredients; Pepper, Tomatoes and Onion, Red Palm Oil, Locust beans, Salt, Vegetables, Melon.

The making; you put your pot on fire let the water dried. Pour your satisfactory Red Palm Oil on the pot.  When it’s hot pour your rinsed locust beans on the hot red palm oil. Then the sliced onions, then the ground pepper, tomatoes, and onions. 

You allow it to be cooked then you pour your ground Melon on it.  Turn it for about 4 minutes then pour your sliced vegetables put salt. After that, mixed it together for about 3 more minutes and the food is ready to be dished.


6. Bread and Ewa Agoin  

bread and ewa agoin is one of nigerian best food combination.

Common to the Yoruba people, Ewa Agoin and Bread (Usually Agege) have served Nigerians for as long as we can remember. Ewa Agoin is known in layman language as beans and stew but to typical Yoruba men is a lot more. 

It came into Nigerian in the early 60th, with the Agoin people (a name used to address people from Togo, Benin Republic, and Ghana by the Yoruba people). Its preparation is basically beans and stew. 

It can be eaten with lots of Nigerian delicacies but it is most preferred (especially among Yorubas) with bread. This Nigerian food combination has been known to serve as food day to day by everyone.

 7. Semo and Ogbono Soup 

Semo is made from refined grounded wheat. The preparation involves adding and stirring semo flour with boiling water on the cooker. Ogbono soup is a slimy soup made from Ogbono seed as the main ingredient. 

it is served with assorted meat, fish, and the likes. The food combination is very popular and eaten by Nigerians from all parts of the country.

8. Portage Plantain  

Portage Plantain is a meal loved and prepared by the Ikom people in the Cross River State, Nigeria.  It is made with preferably bush meat and other ingredients. Ingredients such as pepper, Maggi, onions, Crayfish, and a local leaf call Otazi. It can be prepared with either palm oil or groundnut oil.

Portage Plantain is made out of Plantain which is highly nutritious. It provides ions to the body by bursting the energy of its consumer. Plantain can be boiled and with egg and tomato sauce. This is the favorite and most delicious form of cooking portage plantain.

9. Offada Rice and Stew  

Here is another Nigerian food combination, Rice and sauce, it is an everyday meal. It's one of the easiest meals to cook. Rice and sauce is a wonderful combination because it's a light meal, pleasing to the eye and it's very delicious.

Rinse the rice with water twice. Get a clean pot and place it on heat Add water and parboil for twenty minutes. Wash and drain the rice. Put it back on the heat. Add water and a little salt. Allow it to boil until the water is dried. Rinse peppers, tomatoes, and onions. Blend them together.

Get a clean pot and place it on heat. Add vegetable oil and let it bleach for 30 seconds. Pour the blended pepper. Cover it for 3 minutes. Now pour beef and add seasonings. Leave it for 5 more minutes for steaming and enjoy your meal. It can also be served with MoinMoin and fried plantain. it can be served in a dish or on leave (ewe Iran), the leaf adds more aroma to the food.

10. Coconut, Date Fruit, and Tiger Nut 

The first time I was offered a date and coconut (popularly called dabino and kwakwa in the Hausa language), I wondered, what both will taste like together? This is because dabino is a natural sweetener and coconut alone is also sweet.

This combination is eaten mostly as a snack in northern Nigeria. You can choose to eat it in a bit alternatively or eat a little bit of both at the same time.

Anyway, you can choose how to eat yours.  Be assured of the great nutritional benefits it offers as a duo or with tiger nuts. Like me, I am sure if you try it will also become one of your favorite combinations.

 11. Roasted Maize with Pear  

Perceiving the sweet smell of freshly roasted corn on the street as I take a walk is one of the reasons I look forward to the rainy season. The freshly harvested corns are roasted over hot charcoal. This adds to the taste and also the aroma. Which can be perceived some meters away from where the corn is being roasted.

The pear is usually boiled or is poured into hot boiling water, covered, and allow to rest for few minutes till it becomes soft. Most maize vendors in the eastern part of Nigeria sell both together, which affords you the opportunity to eat this unique yet sumptuous combination.

Anytime you get the opportunity to come across a maize vendor with a pear, make sure you give it a try.

The above 11 delicious Nigerian food combinations are well enriching, accessible, and very affordable to Nigerians and visitors around the world. 

Sadly the best of most of these combinations aren’t found in most of our top-class hotels and restaurants but in local food joints in Nigeria. 

This article was jointly written by some digital marketers, Osun State, Nigeria. If you enjoyed reading this article, please hit any of the share buttons. Thanks for your time!


  1. Wow! Lots of food combination for 9ja kitchen. I personally like pounded yam with vegetable and melon soup. Hmmmmm! It's amazing...

    1. They are really amazing food combinations!


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