Eba also sometimes called garri, is a Nigerian dish made from fermented, dried cassava flakes. It is actually garri that has been made into dough. If you are looking for how to make this dish then you are in the right place.

    Here, you will learn how to make it on the stovetop, in the microwave, and in a bowl. These procedures are quick and very easy too. There is also a bonus on how to make the roll.

    What Is Eba?

    It is a type of food staple (swallow) popularly eaten in Nigeria and by Nigerians all over the world. It is made with fried cassava called garri and hot boiling water to form a smooth stiff dough. Garri comes in two forms, yellow garri which contains palm oil or white garri which is fried without palm oil.

    What Is Eba Food Made Of?

    Eba is made with garri (processed cassava). There are different types of garri depending on the state it is processed and how it is processed. For example, we have garri ijebu, garri oyo, garri ibo.

    Garri ijebu is the sour type which is good for drinking and also for making this recipe. Ibo garri is usually made with some palm oil which gives it it’s yellow color. This type is not favored for drinking by the Yorubas.

    Is Eba Healthy?

    Yes! This dish is healthy and can be eaten on Nigerian weight loss diet. ½ Cup of garri has 218kcal.

    Ingredients For Nigerian Eba

    • Boiling water
    • Garri (white or yellow)

    For Eba Roll

    • Premade morsel food of choice (swallow/solid as called in Nigeria)
    • Rolling pin
    • Cling film or plastic bag

    How To Make Eba

    This is a quick overview of how to make this recipe. You can make it in the microwave, in a bowl or on the stovetop.  It is important to know that garri absorbs water differently depending on the type used.

    You only need boiling hot water, a sturdy spoon or wooden spatula and garri to make this recipe. For every 1 cup of boiling water used, you will need between ⅓ cup of garri to ½ cup. Like I mentioned above, garri absorbs water differently.

    How To Make Eba On a Stove

    Bring water to a boil in a kettle, place a small saucepan on medium heat, carefully measure out 1 cup of hot boiling water and pour into the saucepan.

    Start by stirring in ⅓ cup of garri to the hot water with a wooden spatula. If the eba is still soft, sprinkle more garri until desired texture is achieved. Serve it immediately with any Nigerian soup of choice.

    How TO Make Eba In a Bowl

    Add hot water to a bowl (water must be at rolling boiling point). Sprinkle the garri into the water (distributing it evenly as much as you can) use a wooden spatula or spoon to turn it together until smooth and lump free.

    Just like the stovetop method, add more garri if it is too soft or more of the hot water it is too hard.

    How To Make Microwave Eba

    Add garri to a microwaveable bowl and cover with cold water (the same level). Place the bowl in the microwave

    Microwave on high for 2 minutes, take it out and turn together to combine until smooth and lump-free.

    How To Make Eba Roll

    If you have worked with dough before, you may find this very easy. Just imagine you are in an art studio creating a masterpiece with any substance of your choice.

    • On a plain surface, cut cling film or plastic bag into 2 big sizes. One to put the eba on and the other to cover it with.
    • Use a rolling pin to flatten it and remove the cling film covering it.
    • Cut out uneven sides to form a rectangle/square
    • Roll or fold it from one end to another, there you have it EBA ROLL.

    What To Serve With Eba

    It is best eaten with Nigerian soups such as Ila Alasepo, Afang soup, Efo riro, Egusi soup and many more.

    Here is a quicker and printable recipe that shows you how to make this recipe without lumps. Enjoy!

    Eba food (How to make Eba)

    Author: Ajoke
    Eba food is Nigerian staple made with processed cassava. It is eaten with soups like Efo riro, Okro soup and other soups
    Prep Time 1 minute
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 6 minutes
    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine African, Nigerian
    Servings 1
    Calories 218 kcal


    • sauce pan
    • wooden spatula or sturdy spoon


    • ½ Cup Garri
    • 1 Cup Boiling Water


    • Boil water in a kettle
    • Add boiling water in a bowl, then add garri
    • Turn with turning spoon or spatula till comes together and smooth
    • Serve and enjoy with soup of choice


    Double recipe to suit your need


    Calories: 218kcal
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