Corn Moinmoin (Abari)

Savoury Steamed Corn pudding. It is also called Abari, Ekoki, Ekusu, Sapala, Nri Oka etc.

Yesterday I bought some fresh corn with the hope of making Adalu. I started reading some comments on my Ekuru post on Facebook and some commenters made reference to Abari/Sapala.  I decided I was going to give it a try. I combed through the internet for recipes and I realised it was same as moinmoin only that people put their own spin on it.

You can learn how to wrap moin-moin in leaves by watching this video i made here.



  • Fresh Corn
  • Jalapeño peppers ( Bawa / Sombo / long tatashe )
  • Onions
  • Smoked Mackerel
  • Smoked prawns.
  • Vegetable oil


  • If you corn is still in cob, use a knife to take it off the cob
  • In a blender purée corn
  • Blend pepper, onion, and smoked prawns and add to the paste

–    Add vegetable oil and smoked mackerel

  • Wrap in leaves (traditional) or in a polythene bag or tin foil or ramekins… whatever rocks your boat.
  • Steam cook till it is set and all cooked through.

This is my first time trying this or tasting it and I nailed it, it tastes so good, I don’t know why I’ve never had it before. Le hubs also liked it but because he is not adventurous, I’m foresee me being the only one relishing this 3 times out of 4 when I make it again,


In keeping with my portion control and keeping my eating clean I served mine with Steamed Vegetable – Ugu, onions and mackerel – .


Author: Omolabake for #OunjeAladun

Food should be an experience, one to be savored, explored, experimented with, played with and expressed. I hope I can take you on different parts of my journeys with food through Ounje Aladun. I'm Omolabake Bode-Matthew, a Foodie, Gardener, Entrepreneur ( I run a healthy beverage options company Fontaine De Vie), Mum, Wife, Lawyer by certificates lol, pretend art enthusiast, lover of good music, can't sing, can't dance... And I welcome you to my blog.

7 thoughts

  1. This is beautiful! I’m sure making this. i was beginning to be tired of having the same food items deconstructed in different ways everyday….this weight-loss lifestyle needs some spice!! Thanks!!


  2. I tink i av to get a recipe book, I shud nt be missing out on ds page ‘OUNJE’. Ds recipes are indeed grate. I love dt Ponmo Alata joo.


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