Shout out to everyone from Kwara State -my state by marriage- #ProudlyIgbominaWife. I fell deeper in love with Ekuru after marrying a Kwara man.

Ekuru is a meal made by steaming blended beans. It’s also Ofunloju by some.

Ekuru is usually enjoyed with fried pepper sauce and Eko (Steamed White corn pudding).

I learnt some fun facts about how people eat Ekuru with plain, Okra Soup.

Some of my Igbomina in laws eat Ekuru with cold Eba. They break the Ekuru up into the Okra soup and eat it with Eba and Wara.

A platter an Igbomina person would recognize. Ekuru in the centre, flanked by Cold Eba, Okra Soup, Eko, Pepper Sauce with Wara

Ekuru can be simply described as moinmoin deconstructed i.e Moinmoin without oil, pepper, salt …

Freshly Made Hot Ekuru


For Ekuru

• Beans (black eyed peas)

For Pepper Sauce

• Dried Pepper (jalapeño, bawa/sombo)

• Onions

• Palm oil

• Salt

• Knorr

*smoked mackerel


– Peel beans and blend to a not-so – smooth, not – so – coarse paste.

– Pour beans into a bowl and mix till very fluffy, if you have a mixer, you may want to use it cause mixing by hand would take at least 30mins. My mother – in – law uses a mortar to mix her beans paste.

Mix till the blended beans doubles in size or it is very fluffy. It would look like this


– This is the water test. Drop a bit of the paste in a some water, you are good to go if it floats like this.


– When you scoop it holds and doesn’t pour out easily. This is very similar to when you have whisked egg whites to stiff peaks.


– Wrap in leaves (that is my personal and healthier preference). You can however use small transparent cellophane bags, milk tins or foil.


– Steam cook for about 20mins on high heat.

Ekuru is light and airy, you would know it is done if you unwrap one and it is set and there is no paste on the inside or you insert a fork and it comes out clean


You can steam cook using a steam pot. Traditionally, the stalk of the leaf is cut and use to line the base of the pot before water is poured in and the wrapped leaves placed on it. This creates a barrier between the water and the leaves and allows only the steam to cook the food. If you are using cellophane bags (knot it after pouring your paste in) or tin foil packs, add water into pot and place the bag or packs in the water. Be careful not to use too much water so it is not submerged.

For Pepper Sauce

– Coarsely blend pepper and onions

Dried Pepper

This is my pepper of choice, it gives the sauce the unique flavour of Ekuru sauce. What I do is that I pre-soak for at least one hour before blending.

– Ponmo and fish is very optional. If using ponmo slice very thinly and shred fish.

– Heat palm oil in a pan and just before it gets to smoke point pour in your pepper and onion blend ,

– Add ponmo and fish after the pepper has spent 10 mins on the fire, allow to simmer for about 10mins.

– Turn off fire once the sauce starts to sizzle.

So many ways to enjoy Ekuru

Ekuru with pepper sauce only

After all the fancy plating. This is how Ekuru is eaten. Sauce is poured on Ekuru and it is mashed together eaten by hand or with cutlery

Mashed Ekuru and Sauce. Yoruba people have a saying. It goes thus, “A n je Ekuru ko tan, e gbon owo e si awo” . Describes how crumbly Ekuru is so much that no matter how you try to finish it, you are sure to leave crumbs.

And here are some more “exotic” ways of eating Ekuru.

Ekuru with Okra Soup. The Ekuru soaked up the fluid in this Okra pretty quickly

And then the “fine dinning” of eating with Eba.

The Ekuru has been mashed into the Okra here. I have to confess, I surprisingly enjoyed trying this combo out. I didn’t eat the fried wara though. Only my crew eats fried Wara, not me.

*This post was first written in April 14th 2015, updated April 11th 2020.

I changed all the old pictures to new ones and i’m quite impressed by how far I’ve come with plating and photographing food.

15 thoughts on “Ekuru

  1. Thanks for a great tut. If I’m using a stand mixer, how long do i mix and do i use the paddle or whisk attachment?
    Secondly the paste looks really thick. Did u blend with water?


    1. If using a stand mixer, mix till it has doubled in size. Use the whisk attachment of your mixer. I blended with water, it appears thick in the picture buy it really isn’t.


  2. I ate ekuru alot growing up but just with the sauce. Had no idea it could be flanked with Okro and eba.
    I’ll try this in the coming weeks


  3. I would be trying this out this weekend and I would let you know how it goes… I would also make the okro but not to sure of the eba ooo😁


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