Gbegiri soup is a very popular Nigerian bean soup. It’s made with black-eyed or brown beans. Gbegiri soup has got to be one of the easiest,


2 Cups Black eyed or Brown Beans

3 Tablespoons Palm Oil

2 Tablespoons Crayfish Powder

1 Tablespoon Locust Beans (Iru)

1-2 Tablespoons Ground Dried pepper (Atagungun)

1 Knorr Cube

Salt to Taste


First, soak then peel your beans. You can peel it by hand or pulse in a jug blender.
Add the peeled beans into a pot, place on a hob on high heat. Add water and cook till very soft and mushy. Be careful not to add too much water, You can start with 2 cups and add as you go, if necessary. Do not add salt.Gbegiri soup
When it’s soft…..

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Gbegiri soupUse an Ijabe (Ewedu broom) to mash up the beans or a whisk. Save time and energy by blending till smooth in your jug blender.

If you’re using a blender, be sure to wait till the beans has cooled down a bit before blending so you don’t risk damaging your blender. Add water to the beans before blending, not too much though, say half a cup.

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Gbegiri soupIf you used an Ijabe to mash the beans, you’ll need to pass the paste through a sieve to remove clumps and get a really smooth consistency.

If your blender is very powerful, you wouldn’t need to do this. As you can see, mine was blended smoothly, I’m only sieving to illustrate better…

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Now, return the paste back into the pot and on low heat this time around. You might need to add a bit of water to the paste. Mine was really thick and had to water it down a bit. The consistency should be semi- fluid.

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Gbegiri soupAdd the palm oil, Iru, crayfish powder, Knorr cube, ground pepper, and salt to taste. Be careful not to add too much Palm oil, you only need a little to slightly alter the color of the paste…


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Cook for 5-7 minutes, stir occasionally to prevent burning…


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It’s ready when the Gbegiri  soup thickens a bit and the palm oil is well combined with the paste.

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Serve with your favorite swallow…It’s Abula for me!

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This Recipe Belongs To Sisi Jemimah

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