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Nigerian food, like many cuisines in West Africa, is known for being spicy and aromatic. Jollof rice is perhaps the most famous Nigerian dish but the cuisine has so much more to offer, especially with its abundance of richly flavored soups and stews and equally plentiful “swallow” foods.

Unfortunately, Nigerian food isn’t as well-known globally as other cuisines but thanks to the Nigerian diaspora, that may be changing. Nigerian recipe bloggers, many of whom have moved to different parts of the world, continue to champion Nigerian cuisine and help bring it into the global consciousness. Go through their comments sections and you’ll find no shortage of foreigners happy to try Nigerian dishes that were previously unknown to them!

Thanks to the internet, Nigerian cuisine is becoming more internationally well-known. More and more people are becoming curious about Nigerian food. If you’re one of those people, then this list of 25 must-try Nigerian dishes will whet your appetite even more.

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WHAT IS NIGERIAN FOOD?

Nigerian food represents the cuisines of the more than 250 ethnic groups that comprise Nigeria. It shares many similarities with the cuisines of its West African and Central African neighbors like Ghana, Benin, and Cameroon.

Starchy foods like yam, cassava, plantains, rice, and beans figure prominently in the Nigerian diet. They’re often consumed with a wide array of hearty soups and stews made with different types of meat and vegetables. Nigerians are fond of vegetable stews and typically consume it several times a week.

Nigerian cuisine practices snout-to-tail dining so very little of the animal goes to waste. Popular meats include beef, goat, lamb, chicken, and turkey while some of the most widely consumed vegetables are Lagos spinach, African spinach, water leaves, pumpkin leaves, and jute leaves.

Go through the ingredient list of many Nigerian recipes and you’ll find that ground African crayfish, dry ground pepper, and Maggi cubes are common seasonings. Palm and groundnut oil are also widely used.

MUST-TRY NIGERIAN DISHES

A list of 25 dishes can be a lot to get through so this Nigerian food guide has been organized by category to make it easier to digest. Click on a link to jump to any section of the guide.

  1. Staple Food
  2. Soups / Stews
  3. Salad / Side Dishes
  4. Meat
  5. Street Food / Snacks

STAPLE FOOD

1. Fufu

Fufu (or foofoo, foufou) is one of the most commonly eaten Nigerian foods. It refers to a staple food made from cassava (fermented or unfermented) that’s been boiled, pounded, and then formed into balls.

Traditionally, fufu refers to a staple Nigerian food made with cassava. However, the definition has expanded over the years to include other staple foods made from similarly starchy ingredients like yam, plantains, maize, wheat, rice, and semo. The term fufu refers to a specific dish but it can also be used as an umbrella term to describe a family of starchy staple foods commonly eaten in Nigeria, Ghana, and other parts of Africa.

To make fufu, boiled cassava is peeled and then cut into small cubes before pounding. Traditionally, a large wooden mortar and pestle is used. The cassava is pounded into a smooth and sticky mixture before being shaped into balls and served. It’s popular throughout western and central Africa and is typically eaten with different types of soups and stews.

Fufu – like pounded yam, amala, and eba – is a type of Nigerian swallow food. Swallow foods are starchy doughy dishes that are soft and pliable enough to swallow without chewing. To eat, a small portion is torn off and used as a scoop for soups and stews. Like many staple foods, it has a mild taste, similar to potatoes.

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2. Eba

Eba is a popular Nigerian swallow food made with dried and fried cassava flour called garri. It’s eaten like fufu and often served alongside many Nigerian soups and stews.

To prepare, cassava tubers are peeled and crushed into a mash before being pressed, dried, and fried to produce a dry granular flour called garri. The garri is then mixed with boiling water to form a smooth stiff dough that’s shaped into balls and consumed.

Eba can be either off-white or yellowish in color. Yellow eba is made with garri that’s been fried in palm oil.

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3. Tuwo Shinkafa

Tuwo Shinkafa is a type of Nigerian swallow food associated with the Hausa people of northern Nigeria. It’s traditionally made with short-grain rice but it can be made with rice flour as well.

To prepare, the rice is boiled until it absorbs the water and becomes soft and sticky. It’s then mashed into a soft dough, shaped into the container that it’s introduced to, and formed into balls before being served as an accompaniment to Nigerian soups like miyan kuka and miyan kardashi.

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4. Jollof Rice

Jollof rice is a one-pot rice dish that’s popular in many West African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Togo, and Gambia. It’s made with rice, tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, pimento peppers, scotch bonnet peppers, salt, and other spices.

Jollof rice is one of the most widely consumed dishes in West Africa. It’s regarded as a national dish in Nigeria and often served with some type of meat like chicken, turkey, beef, or fish. Many variations of jollof rice exist in West Africa with two of the most well-known being the Nigerian and Ghanian versions.

Nigerians and Ghanians are so passionate about this dish that it’s sparked the “Jollof wars” – a heated but friendly debate on which nation makes the best version of this beloved dish. The two versions are fairly similar with the one main difference being that Nigerian jollof rice is made with long-grain rice while the Ghanian version is made with more aromatic basmati.

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SOUPS / STEWS

5. Egusi Soup

Egusi soup with fufu is considered by many to be a Nigerian national dish. Egusi refers to the protein-rich seeds of plants like squash, melon, and gourd that when dried and ground become a staple ingredient in many West African and Nigerian foods. One of those dishes is egusi soup.

Egusi soup is a one-pot meal typically made with ground egusi, palm oil, onions, hot peppers, locust beans (iru), African crayfish, stockfish, some type of meat, fish, and leafy vegetables. Other than fufu, it can served with other Nigerian swallow foods like eba, amala, or pounded yam.

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6. Amala and Ewedu Soup

Ewedu soup is a Nigerian soup made with jute leaves, a type of leafy vegetable common in tropical and subtropical parts of the world. It’s native to the Yoruba people of western Nigeria but it’s common in other parts of West Africa, East Africa, and North Africa as well.

To prepare, jute leaves are mashed, often with a short broomstick called ijabe, and then cooked with ground African crayfish, bouillon powder, salt, and locust beans. When cooked, the leaves develop a somewhat slimy viscosity similar to okra.

Ewedu soup is commonly paired with amala but it can be eaten with other types of Nigerian swallow food like fufu, eba, or pounded yam. Amala is typically made with dried yam (amala isu) which gives it a brown color, but it can be made with cassava (amala lafun) or plantain (amala ogede) as well.

Ewedu soup can be served on its own with amala, but it isn’t uncommon to find it served with other types of Nigerian stew as well like buka stew and/or gbegiri soup. As you can probably guess, the bowl of green soup below is ewedu soup.

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7. Pepper Soup

Pepper soup is one of the most popular types of soup in Africa. It’s a spicy and watery soup made with peppers and an assortment of meat like goat, chicken, oxtail, or fish. It’s a comforting Nigerian dish that’s often enjoyed with beer and consumed in many variations in Ghana, Liberia, and in most other parts of western Africa.

Pepper soup made with chicken is said to have medicinal qualities while versions made with yam are especially popular with new mothers. It’s believed that consuming yam pepper soup shortly after giving birth has a cleansing effect on the uterus and aids in milk production.

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8. Ogbono Soup

Ogbono soup is a type of Nigerian stew made with different types of vegetables, meat, and fish cooked in a broth thickened with ground dry ogbono seeds (wild mango seeds).

Ogbono refers to a species of African tree that bears edible mango-like fruit. They’re especially prized for their fat- and protein-rich seeds that are often ground and used as a thickening or flavoring agent in Nigerian soups. They have a distinct aroma and develop a slimy viscosity when cooked, similar to okra or jute leaves in ewedu soup.

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Like many Nigerian soups and stews, ogbono soup is typically eaten with swallow foods like fufu or pounded yam.

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9. Banga Soup

Banga soup refers to a hearty Niger-Delta style soup made with palm nut. It’s native to the Urhobo people in Nigeria’s Delta State but it’s become a continental soup that’s widely consumed throughout Africa.

Depending on where it’s from, banga soup can be prepared in different ways but it’s usually made with fresh palm fruit and a variety of meat, fish (mostly catfish), and seafood flavored with spices like beletete leaves (bush apple), oburunbebe stick (licorice), banga spice leaves, scotch bonnet peppers, and onions.

Like most of the soups in this Nigerian food guide, banga soup is often served with swallow foods like pounded yam or eba.

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10. Edikang Ikong Soup

Edikang ikong soup refers to a type of Nigerian vegetable soup dish native to the Efik people of southern Nigeria. It’s made with a generous amount of ugu (fluted pumpkin) and water leaves (Malabar spinach) cooked with palm oil and different types of meat and seafood like beef, tripe, cow feet, ponmo, dried fish, African crayfish, and periwinkle (sea snail).

While considered a highly nutritious dish, edikang ikong is expensive to make. It’s been described as a Nigerian dish eaten mostly by the rich. For some people, it’s a delicacy reserved for special occasions where it’s commonly paired with Nigerian swallow foods like fufu, eba, or pounded yam.

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11. Afang Soup

Like edikang ikong, afang soup is a type of Nigerian vegetable soup dish native to the Efik people of southern Nigeria. It’s very similar to edikang ikong soup except it’s mainly a vegetable dish made with water leaves and okazi leaves (African jointfir) as its primary ingredient.

Afang soup is known throughout Nigeria though it’s especially popular with the Ibibio and Anang people of Akwa Ibom and Cross River State in southern Nigeria. It’s commonly prepared at home and served at ceremonies like weddings, traditional marriages, and funerals with swallow foods.

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12. Ofada Stew

Ofada stew refers to a rich stew made with bleached palm oil, red bell peppers, locust beans, African crayfish, and different types of meat like beef, tripe, cow foot, and ponmo. It’s native to the Yoruba people though it’s commonly enjoyed throughout Nigeria.

Ofada stew is often referred to as ayamase stew. They’re almost identical dishes with the only difference being that the latter is made with green instead of red bell peppers. Ofada stew is typically served with plain white rice or Ofada rice, which is a type of unpolished short-grain rice grown in southwest Nigeria.

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13. Efo Riro

Efo riro is another Nigerian dish native to the Yuroba people. It refers to a one-pot spinach stew made with red bell peppers, locust beans, onion, palm oil, African crayfish, and stockfish. It’s typically made with Lagos spinach (efo shoko) or African spinach (efo tete) and can contain different types of meat or fish.

In the Yoruba language, efo refers to “spinach” while riro means “to stir”, so efo riro roughly translates to “stirred spinach”. It can be paired with rice or a swallow food like eba, fufu, or pounded yam.

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SALAD / SIDE DISHES

14. African Salad (Abacha and Ugba)

Abacha and ugba refers to a cassava-based dish native to the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria. Also known as African salad, it’s a two-part dish made with dried shredded cassava (abacha) and fermented African oil bean seeds (ugba).

To prepare, cassava tubers are cooked and then shredded with a special grater. The cassava shreds are then soaked overnight before being washed and left to dry under the sun. When the abacha is ready, it’s mixed together with sliced ugba and a host of other ingredients like palm oil, dried fish, ground African crayfish, locust beans, ground ehu seeds (calabash nutmeg), ponmo, and a hard-boiled egg.

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Even though abacha and ugba can be a filling Nigerian dish, it’s typically enjoyed as a snack rather than a full meal.

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15. Dodo

Dodo refers to deep-fried and caramelized ripe plantains. They can be eaten on their own with eggs and tomato sauce or served as a side dish to Nigerian foods like jolllof rice, white rice, beans, and ewa riro (stewed beans).

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16. Moin Moin

Moin moin (or moi moi) refers to a type of bean pudding cake. It’s a protein-rich Nigerian dish made with black-eyed peas, onions, and peppers (red bell pepper, scotch bonnet, habanero) that are pureed together and then steamed in a mold with banana leaves.

Depending on the cook, moin moin can be made with additional ingredients like hard-boiled eggs, sardines, bone marrow, and corned beef. Interestingly, each additional ingredient is referred to as a “soul” (or life), so moin moin made with three extra ingredients is known as “moin moin with three souls”.

One of the most popular types of moin moin is moin-moin elemi meje or “moin-moin with seven souls”. The seven extra ingredients are hard-boiled egg, titus fish, lobster, minced meat, green peppers, carrots, and butter.

No matter what it’s made with, moin moin is a versatile dish that can be eaten on its own as a snack, stuffed in bread, or paired with Nigerian foods like jollof rice, white rice, pap (African corn pudding), and dodo.

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MEAT

17. Gizdodo

Gizdodo is a traditional Nigerian dish that gets its name from the two main ingredients used to make it – stewed fried chicken gizzard and dodo. It’s often served at parties and gatherings as an appetizer or as a side dish to Nigerian foods like jollof rice.

Gizdodo is made by boiling and then deep-frying pieces of chicken gizzard. They’re then mixed with fried plantains in a sauce made from tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, and onions.

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18. Asun

Asun refers to a spicy roasted goat dish native to the Yoruba-speaking Ondo people of western Nigeria. It’s traditionally made with a slow-roasted skin-on goat that’s then chopped up and sauteed in a sauce made from onions, bell peppers, habanero, paprika, and other seasonings.

Goat meat is prized in Nigeria and West Africa and is often the meat of choice at gatherings, special occasions, and holidays like Christmas.

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19. Ponmo

Ponmo (or kanda) is an ingredient that’s often used in many Nigerian foods like egusi soup, ofada stew, gbegiri soup, and African salad. It refers to cowhide that’s been processed so it can be used and consumed like beef.

To prepare ponmo, the cowhide is first roasted to soften the skin and help remove the hairs. It’s then soaked in water to soften it further before more delicate skin from areas like the ears and snout are separated from tougher parts like the leg. The remaining hair is then completely removed using a series of specialized tools.

Once the skin is completely free of hair, it’s cut into thin strips and twisted to create curls which are then boiled in hot water. As soon as it thickens and becomes pale, it’s ready to be sold at market.

Aside from being used as a meaty ingredient in many Nigerian dishes, ponmo can also be enjoyed as a snack or as a finger food at parties. One of the most popular ponmo dishes is ponmo alata sue sue, meaning “very hot and peppery cow skin”. It consists of ponmo fried with tomatoes, onions, hot peppers, and seasonings.

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STREET FOOD / SNACKS

20. Suya

Suya (or tsire) refers to a skewered spicy meat dish popular in Nigeria and in other parts of West Africa. It’s made with skewered grilled meats like beef, chicken, ram, and offal marinated in a complex mixture of spices called yaji.

Suya is native to the Hausa people of northern Nigeria but it’s now widely consumed throughout the country. It’s commonly sold as street food and eaten at restaurants with a side of fresh cabbage, tomatoes, and onions.

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Kilishi is a dried version of suya made with beef, goat, or lamb. It’s basically the Nigerian version of jerky.

To prepare, the meat is sliced into thin sheets and dried in the sun. It’s then coated in a spice paste mixture made with water, labu (peanut paste), onions, salt, spices, and honey. The thin sheets of marinated meat are again left to dry in the sun before being roasted and consumed.

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21. Boli and Groundnut

Boli (or bole) refers to roasted plantains. It’s a cheap and filling snack that’s commonly sold as street food in Nigeria with roasted groundnuts (peanuts).

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22. Ewa Agoyin

Ewa agoyin (or ewa aganyin) is a hugely popular street food in Nigeria, especially in Lagos. It consists of extremely soft or mashed beans served with a spicy stew made from bell peppers, hot peppers, onions, and palm oil. Nigerian honey beans (ewa oloyin) are the beans of choice though black-eyed peas can also be used.

Ewa agoyin is commonly sold as street food though it’s often made in many Yoruba households as well. It’s a filling dish that’s usually paired with soft bread, boiled yams, or dodo.

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23. Akara

Akara (or kosai) refers to black-eyed pea fritters. It’s a common Nigerian street food and breakfast dish that’s popular throughout West Africa and Brazil where it’s known as acarajé. It’s believed that the dish was brought to Brazil by West African slaves.

Akara is made with just four ingredients – black-eyed peas, onions, salt, and pepper. It’s similar to moin moin in that it’s made with pureed black-eyed peas, but instead of being steamed, it’s deep-fried. It can be eaten on its own or served with other Nigerian foods like pap (African corn pudding) or bread.

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24. Chin Chin

Chin chin is a crunchy deep-fried snack made with flour, milk, sugar, margarine, and nutmeg. The ingredients are formed into a dough and then cut into small squares or strips before being deep-fried in vegetable oil. Depending on the recipe, they can range in texture from soft and crisp to very crunchy.

Chin chin is popular in Nigeria and in many parts of West Africa. It was initially prepared for special occasions but it’s since evolved to become a common everyday snack food.

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25. Puff-Puff

Puff-puff is a hugely popular street food in Nigeria. It’s a ball-shaped doughnut made with flour, yeast, warm water, sugar, and salt. Deep-fried till golden brown, it can be eaten plain or rolled in different sweeteners and flavorings like sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, or nutmeg.

Puff-puff is also popular in many parts of West Africa and beyond where it goes by different names like boflot (Ghana), bofloto (Ivory Coast), kala (Liberia), mikate (Congo), and bolinho (Angola).

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FINAL THOUGHTS ON NIGERIAN FOOD

Jollof rice is one of the most famous Nigerian foods and rightfully so, but as this list of 25 shows, there’s so much more to love about Nigerian cuisine. More and more Nigerian restaurants have been opening in major cities around the world so if you haven’t already, then I hope this article gets you even more excited to try Nigerian food.

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FAQs

What is the most popular dish in Nigeria? ›

Jollof rice is perhaps the most famous Nigerian dish but the cuisine has so much more to offer, especially with its abundance of richly flavored soups and stews and equally plentiful “swallow” foods.

What's Nigeria's national dish? ›

This is the most common meal that is eaten all around Nigeria. A one-pot spicy rice dish cooked in tomato and broth. This dish will leave you wonder why you've ever eaten plain rice.

What are basic food items in Nigeria? ›

21 Nigerian Foodstuffs and Ingredients
  • Palm Oil. Palm oil is the major coloring agent for most Nigerian foods. ...
  • Food Sweeteners/ Seasoning Cubes. ...
  • Crayfish. ...
  • Dried Fish Picture. ...
  • Egusi (Melon) Seeds. ...
  • Ogbono Seeds Pictures. ...
  • Yams – Nigerian Foodstuffs. ...
  • Goat Meat – Nigerian foodstuffs.

What are the 7 types of food? ›

Food are divided into 7 different groups : drinks, carbs, fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat / fish / eggs, fats and high-sugar foods. Each of these groups provide different nutrients and should be consumed at a different rate.

What are the 10 types of food? ›

Basic foods
  • Baked goods.
  • Cereals.
  • Dairy products.
  • Edible plants.
  • Edible fungi.
  • Edible nuts and seeds.
  • Legumes.
  • Meat.

What are the types of food? ›

What are the five food groups?
  • Fruit and vegetables.
  • Starchy food.
  • Dairy.
  • Protein.
  • Fat.

What is the best snack in Nigeria? ›

Some popular ones are chin chin, kuli kuli, kokoro, plantain chips, gurundi, roasted groundnuts and coconut candy. A common characteristic of these local Nigerian snacks is that they are made with few ingredients and are healthier than highly processed snacks.

What is Nigeria famous for? ›

Nigeria is the most populous black nation on Earth. It is home to the second largest film industry on the globe whilst also being the fashion, technological and creative hub in Africa. Nigerians are known for their vibrant and friendly energy expressed through diverse creative expressions.

What vegetable is Nigeria known for? ›

Iyan (Pounded Yam)

One of the world's largest producers of yams is Nigeria, so it's no surprise Iyan is one of those Nigerian foods that is loved so much. In fact, the saying, “yam is food and food is yam” is popular in many parts of the country.

What is Igbo Favourite food? ›

The core of Igbo food is its soups. The popular soups are Ofe Oha, Onugbu, ofe akwụ, Egwusi and Nsala (White pepper soup). Yam is a staple food for the Igbos and is eaten boiled or pounded with soups.

What is basic food? ›

The Five Basic Food Groups

Vegetables. Fruit. Protein. Grains.

What is our basic food? ›

Food items like milk, eggs, meat, fish, curd, cheese, nuts, beans and pulses contain proteins. Food items rich in proteins are known as body- building foods. Growing children need proteins as they are still growing. Fats give us more energy than carbohydrates.

What are the food names? ›

Food Names
  • Salad.
  • Sandwich.
  • Bread.
  • Steak.
  • Tuna Steak.
  • Fish.
  • Shrimp.
  • Rice.

What are the 3 kinds of food? ›

The three main types of foods are energy-giving foods, body-building foods, and protective foods.
  • Energy-giving foods: They are made of carbohydrates and fats. ...
  • Body-building foods: Proteins are considered to be body-building foods as they help in body growth and also help in repairing damaged parts of the body.

What are the 6 best foods? ›

Healthy foods to eat every day: 6 of the best
  • Lean protein.
  • Cruciferous vegetables.
  • Different colored vegetables.
  • Berries.
  • Nuts.
  • Olive oil.
  • Summary.
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What is real food list? ›

“Real food comes in 11 varieties,” says Dr. Sukol. These are fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, dairy, eggs, meat, fish and poultry. “This is food that nourishes us,” she says.

What are the top 10 Favourite foods? ›

The 10 Most Popular Foods in the World
  1. WHEAT. Share of average daily global human calorie intake: ~ 18.5%
  2. RICE. Share of average daily global human calorie intake: ~ 18.0%
  3. CORN. Share of average daily global human calorie intake: ~ 5.3%
  4. PIG MEAT. ...
  5. POTATOES. ...
  6. POULTRY MEAT. ...
  7. CASSAVA. ...
  8. CATTLE MEAT.
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What is the number 1 food in the world? ›

Pizza is the topmost liked food in the world. Today you can find pizza in almost every corner of the world. This traditional Italian dish is made of flattened round dough topped with cheese, and tomatoes, and additionally garnished with basil, olives, and oregano.

What country has the best food? ›

These are the top countries viewed as having great food by global survey respondents.
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  • Italy. #1 in Has great food. ...
  • Mexico. #2 in Has great food. ...
  • Spain. #3 in Has great food. ...
  • Greece. #4 in Has great food. ...
  • Thailand. #5 in Has great food. ...
  • France. ...
  • Turkey. ...
  • India.

Which food gives us energy? ›

To optimize your daily energy level, try adding some of these foods into your meal plan.
  • Oatmeal. The complex carbs in oatmeal mean it's a slow-burning source of energy. ...
  • Bananas. ...
  • Yogurt. ...
  • Sesame seeds. ...
  • Cinnamon. ...
  • Water. ...
  • Beans. ...
  • Lentils are tasty little legumes, rich in carbs and fiber.
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What is importance of food? ›

A food is something that provides nutrients. Nutrients are substances that provide: energy for activity, growth, and all functions of the body such as breathing, digesting food, and keeping warm; materials for the growth and repair of the body, and for keeping the immune system healthy.

What food group is eggs? ›

What foods are in the Protein Foods Group? Protein Foods include all foods made from seafood; meat, poultry, and eggs; beans, peas, lentils; and nuts, seeds, and soy products.

What is the most popular breakfast in Nigeria? ›

Bread sandwich with a hot beverage

Also known as tea and bread, this is the most common breakfast in Nigeria. Loved by adults and children, your breakfast can never go wrong in a home where 'tea and bread' is the regular breakfast dish.

Is Nigeria a beautiful country? ›

Nigeria. Nigeria is another very beautiful African country brimming with natural attractions. Obudu Cattle here is famous for its natural landscapes while the Yankari Games Reserve is full of caves, wildlife and springs.

What is Nigeria rich in? ›

The Nigerian economy is one of the largest in Africa. Since the late 1960s it has been based primarily on the petroleum industry. A series of world oil price increases from 1973 produced rapid economic growth in transportation, construction, manufacturing, and government services.

Who named Nigeria? ›

Like so many modern African states, Nigeria is the creation of European imperialism. Its very name – after the great Niger River, the country's dominating physical feature – was suggested in the 1890s by British journalist Flora Shaw, who later became the wife of colonial governor Frederick Lugard.

What is the English name of Ugu? ›

Telfairia occidentalis is a tropical vine grown in West Africa as a leaf vegetable and for its edible seeds. Common names for the plant include fluted gourd, fluted pumpkin, ugu (in the Igbo language), okwukwo-wiri (in Ikwerre language), and ikong-ubong (in the Efik and Ibibio languages).

What is EFO Tete called in English? ›

Efo-Tete (African Spinach) - Fresh To Dommot | Supermarket & Grocery Store.

What is mushroom called in Nigeria? ›

The Yoruba people use this name because mushrooms are easily distinguished from all other plants in their surrounding. In other parts of the State the mushroom is known as osun (Yor. sun = sprout).

What is Igbo vegetable called in English? ›

Wild Spinach/Ukazi

Wild Spinach is also known as Afang leaves (Ibibio) and Okazi/Ukazi (Igbo). It has a slightly bitter taste when used in dishes. These leaves are mixed with water leaf to prepare Afang soup and Okazi soup.

What is food called in Igbo? ›

Food is 'nri'. Water is 'mmiri'. Breakfast, lunch, supper are 'nri ụtụtụ', 'nri ehihie' and 'nri abalị' respectively.

Which is the best Igbo soup? ›

Ofe Okra is undoubtedly the cheapest Igbo soup, one of the most popular, one of the most delicious, nutritious, mouth-watering and finger-licking soups in in igbo land. Ofe Okra is most preferred not just because of its taste but also because it is very easy to prepare.

What is a word for food? ›

synonyms for food
  • bread.
  • cooking.
  • cuisine.
  • drink.
  • fare.
  • feed.
  • foodstuff.
  • meal.

How many types of food are there? ›

There are 4 (four) basic food energy sources: fats, proteins, carbohydrates and alchol. Humans are omnivorous animals that can consume both plant and animal products.

What is proper food Short answer? ›

A proper food or balanced diet is a diet that contains all the essential nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and other substances and that are required for proper growth, functioning and maintenance of the body.

Is milk a basic food? ›

There's a good reason milk is considered a basic part of a healthy, balanced diet. "It has nutrients your body needs, like calcium, vitamin D and potassium," says Dr. Chen.

What are sources of food? ›

Plants and animals are the main source of food for all the organisms on earth. Food obtained from animals is the main source of protein and include fish, milk, meat, poultry, and cheese. Whereas plants provide us with fruits and vegetables, which are an important source of fibres, proteins and carbohydrates.

What is a food for Class 1? ›

Food is any nutrient-rich material consumed or absorbed by humans, animals, or plants in order to sustain life and growth. The major sources of food are animals and plants. It is consumed because it provides energy and nourishment and keeps humans and animals healthy.

Whats food everyone likes? ›

And now, we give you some food classics that everyone loves.
  • PB&J. More like PB and awesome. ...
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich. ...
  • Pizza — Any Pizza. ...
  • Hot Dogs And Hamburgers. ...
  • BBQ Ribs. ...
  • Tacos, Burritos And The Game-Changing Enchiladas. ...
  • Mac And Cheese. ...
  • Donuts (Aka Breakfast Of Winners)
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What is humans favorite food? ›

According to a survey examining the way we eat, pasta is the world's favourite food.

Which food is most tasty? ›

1. Pizza: Pizza is widely regarded as the world's most delicious cuisine, and it can be found in almost every country. This is a unique type of bread with tomato sauce, cheese, chicken, and vegetables on top. This food item is fully cooked and ready to consume after baking in the oven.

What food do Nigerians eat most? ›

Honey Beans (Ewa Oloyin)

In Nigeria, people call it Oloyin. It is one of the most consumed foods because it can be used for soup, beans cake and beans pudding (both of which are made from peeled beans, salad mixture, or a side dish for some staple food like bread, rice, and cassava.

What is Nigeria most popular for? ›

Nigeria is famous for it's beautiful and diverse butterflies. Nigeria has an exceptional biodiversity and boasts an abundance of fauna and flora. Presently, there are over 1000 documented species of butterflies. New species are still being discovered.

What can I eat this morning in Nigeria? ›

15 POPULAR NIGERIAN BREAKFAST DISHES
  • Bread sandwich with a hot beverage. ...
  • Akara and Pap. ...
  • Instant noodles and eggs. ...
  • Moi Moi with custard or pap. ...
  • Cereals. ...
  • Okpa. ...
  • Ewa agoyin with agege bread (bread and beans) ...
  • Hausa Koko and Koose (Spicy millet porridge and akara)
4 Nov 2021

Is Nigerian food good for you? ›

Nigerian food is not only delicious – it's also nutritious. Most dishes are made with fresh ingredients that are rich in vitamins and minerals, so you can be sure you're getting a healthy meal.

What are the 3 most popular foods? ›

The Number 1 Most Popular Foods in America are Hamburgers!
  • Potato Chips.
  • Donuts.
  • Ice Cream.
  • Chicken Tenders.
  • Soft Drinks/Soda.
  • Pizza.
  • Oreo Cookies.
  • French Fries.
7 Sept 2021

Which state in Nigeria has food? ›

Benue State
Nicknames: Food Basket of the Nation
Location of Benue State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 7°20′N 8°45′E
CountryNigeria
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Is Nigeria a rich country? ›

Top 12 Richest/Wealthiest Countries in Africa 2022. 1. Nigeria – $514.05 Billion GDP: Nigeria, with its vibrant cultural legacy, diverse ethnicities, natural beauty, and vast population, remains Africa's wealthiest country and the continent's top producer in terms of GDP output.

Is Nigeria a poor country in Africa? ›

It's estimated that almost half of Nigeria's population of about 200 million lives below the threshold of US$1.90 (792 Naira) daily. Nigeria accounts for about 14% of the world's poor. The African continent as a whole accounts for about two-thirds of the world's poor and the figure is projected to rise.

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