Gbegiri Soup (Beans Soup)

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Gbegiri soup  (Beans soup) is one of the popular soups in Nigeria, some people actually patronize the Buka (restaurants) because of this Gbegiri soup and their signature stew Buka Stew.

It is easy to make, delicious, velvety, mildly flavored, and healthy. It is mostly served with Ewedu soup and stew with amala to make a dish called abula.

What Is Gbegiri Soup?

To start with, I must let you know that soups and stews are eaten differently in West Africa, compared to other parts of the world.

Our soups and stew are not eaten on their own, they will usually accompany a bland starchy main like rice and pasta or swallow. The soup/stew provides the flavor as well as lubrication in case of swallows; and like the Indian curry complements the mains dish.

Gbegiri is a Nigerian traditional soup, which originated from the Southwestern parts of the country. It has a light orange color and is traditionally served with amala (yam flour swallow) or tuwo (corn or rice flour swallow); and meat or fish.

Traditionally, this  soup is prepared either with Nigerian brown beans or black eye beans; and the preparation method includes;

  1. Soaking the beans to soften the skin before peeling.
  2. Cooking of the peeled beans until very soft.
  3. Using ijabe (blending broom stick) to liquefy the beans (or just blending in a blender or food processor).
  4. Cooking the blended beans with palm oil and traditional spices.

Gbegiri Soup Recipe

Here is what you need…

  • Beans  (Haricot or black eyes beans)
  • Pepper flakes/ground pepper powder
  • Fermented locust beans (iru/dawadawa)
  • Ground dried prawns
  • Palm-oil
  • Bouillon cube
  • Salt

A few notes about ingredients…

Palm oil – You only need a little quantity of this to give the gbegiri a light orange color.

Beans – You can substitute the haricot beans with black eyed beans or other white canned beans like cannellini.

Fermented locust beans (Iru/dawadawa) – Depending on personal preference, you can either blend this with the beans or add after blending. If you’re not a big fan of this condiment, you can do without.

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How To Make Gbegiri

There are two ways to prepare Gbegiri soup:

1) Make Gbegiri with blender and

2) Make Gbegiri without blender.

Both methods are great and i have detailed both in this recipe.

How To Cook Gbegiri Without Blender

Let me just state that this is the authentic way of making gbegiri. My Oyo state people know this and this was how my mama taught me. So if you’re going with the authentic recipe, sieve!

  • If you have very thick consistency of the cooked beans, just add water so it’s much easier to sieve. Be careful not to add too much water as so as not to make the gbegiri too watery.  Sieve the beans collecting the liquid in a pot.
  • Pour the sieved or blended beans back on the stove. Add stock cube, locust beans, cayenne pepper, palm oil and salt to taste. Don’t overdo the palm oil. You only need just enough Palm oil to give it color.
  • Leave to cook for 5 minutes then take off heat.

How To Cook With Blender

  • Boil assorted meat till tender with seasoning and salt. Separate stock from meat and set aside
  • Blend cooked beans in a blender for a smooth puree and set aside (I love this bit as you can see the silkiness of the beans)
  • Place a cooking pan on medium heat, add palm oil and heat for about 3 minutes (don’t bleach oil)
  • Stir puréed beans in palm oil (beans purée should not be loose but somewhere in the middle of loose and thick) Add water if needed to achieve the desired thickness
  • Add assorted beef and cayenne pepper, stir till well combined. Reduce the heat and leave to cook for about 10 minutes. Check-in between to avoid soup from burning.
  • Add crayfish, seasoning and salt. At this point don’t want the soup to be thick, add water if need be but don’t overdo it.
  • Continue to cook until all ingredients are well combined. Check for seasoning and salt. Your Soup is ready!

Can I Make Gbegiri Soup With Beans Flour?

Yes, I tried it and it very easy to make. Just mix the beans flour with cold water to form  thin paste. Pour into a pot with boiling water, add the palm oil, salt, fermented locust beans and dried prawns.

Stir continuously and add more water as it becomes thicker until you have the right consistency.

The gbegiri made from the bean powder had a gel like texture. The starch in the powder became swollen and gelatinized; leading to a cooked starch texture; almost like custard.

What To Serve With Gbegiri Soup

Serve with ewedu soup, swallow of choice like amala dudu (black yam flour), garri or Tuwo and buka stew.

Storage

You can refrigerate this gbegiri soup for 3-4 days. It becomes quite thick after and you will need to add some water when warming it.

YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THESE OTHER DELICIOUS SOUPS:

Ewedu 

Egusi Soup

Ogbono Soup

Let’s get cooking!

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Gbegiri Soup (Abula)

Author: Ajoke
Gbegiri soup is a type of Nigerian soup popularly eaten by the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria. It is made from peeled cooked bean. Let me show you how to make it the easy way.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine African, Nigerian
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Blender or pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cups of brown beans peeled
  • Cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup of palm oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground crayfish
  • 2 Beef stock cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 800 g Assorted beef (about 3 cups) I used turkey neck, shaki and smoked snort. the addition of assorted beef is highly optional

Instructions
 

  • Boil peeled beans with enough water over medium heat until soft or use a pressure cooker both stove top or electric pressure cooker works.
  • Boil assorted meat till tender with beef stock cubes, onions and salt. Separate stock from meat and set aside
  • Blend cooked beans in a blender for a smooth puree and set aside, pass the blended through a tiny hole sieve and discard the chaff.
  • Place a pan on medium heat, add palm oil and heat for about 3 minutes (don’t bleach oil)
  • Stir puréed beans in palm oil (beans purée should not be loose but somewhere in the middle of loose and thick) Add water if needed to achieve the desired thickness
  • Add assorted beef (if using) and cayenne pepper, stir till well combined. Reduce the heat and leave to cook for about 10 minutes. Check-in between to avoid soup from burning and add more water if need be
  • Add ground crayfish, beef stock cube and salt. At this point don’t want the soup to be thick, add water if need be but don’t overdo it. Continue to cook for another 3 minutes then take it off the heat. Serve with ewedu soup, swallow of choice like amala dudu (yam flour), garri or Tuwo and buka stew

Notes

Tips
If you don’t have a blender, use ijabe (the small broom used for cooking) or cook the beans until mushy and pass through the sieve as you would with a blender method.
 
Gbegiri is mostly cooked with meat or other protein, so feel free to cook it plain with crayfish alone and pair with buka stew.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Hello, my name is Funmilayo, and i love to write about food, beauty, fashion and wellness. So welcome to my Food world! I share histories, discoveries, uniqueness, tips, and tricks on different dishes .Come let's take this adventure together. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do and hope to see you back here again soon.
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