Oven Baked Moimoi is simply Moimoi baked in an oven as opposed to hob steaming. Moimoi is also known as Steamed Bean Pudding. Moimoi is made with either brown beans, black eyed beans or lentils. Moimoi can be steamed in water on a hob or oven steamed, though the hob steamed method is much more popular than the oven steamed Moimoi. I already have a recipe for Hob Steamed Moimoi, click HERE for the recipe.
My Oven Baked Moimoi recipe calls for both Palm Oil and Vegetable Oil but you really don’t have to use the two. I use both so I’m able to retain as much moisture in my Moimoi cos baking does sap a lot of moisture from foods and yeah Moimoi with Palm Oil is absolutely yummy. Feel free to use more proteins or different ones from mine, with Moimoi anything goes really. You can use Minced Meat, Shredded Chicken, Meats or Turkey, various kinds of Fish really, the more, the merrier.
3 Cups Brown/Black Eyed Beans
2 Cooking Spoons Palm oil
1 Cooking Spoon Vegetable/ Sunflower oil
1 Cup Chicken Stock ( Optional)
2 Bell pepper (Tatashe) or Shombo
3 Tablespoons Ground Crayfish
Smoked or Raw prawns
4 Boiled Eggs
1 Inch Ginger root
3 Cloves Garlic
2 Bouillon cubes
Salt to taste
Some of my ingredients…
Firstly, soak your beans then peel off the skin. To make the peeling faster and easier, soak the beans for 10 minutes, then using the pulse function on your jug blender, pulse a few times. This will cause each bean to split in two and the skin falls off. Do this in small batches, also add some of the stock if you’re using any, if not, just add water to each batch. Then pour into a bowl and complete the peeling by hand…
After peeling by hand, soak the Beans in water for 30 minutes, that’s if your blender isn’t very effective, this will soften the Beans a bit so it blends easily. Then pour the beans in the blender, add the Peppers, Ginger, Garlic and Onions and blend till smooth then pour contents into a bowl. The texture of your batter should be smooth and without lumps.
With a hand mixer, incorporate air into the batter by mixing for 5 minutes, you can also use do this by hand with a wooden spoon or ladle…
Melt the Palm Oil if you’re using any, do this in your microwave or on a hob, leave to cool, then add to the batter, also add the Vegetable Oil….
Mix thoroughly, then add the Bouillon cube, Crayfish and Salt to taste…
Again, you’ll need to incorporate air into your Moimoi batter to make it fluffy and light. Mix the batter thoroughly for 10 minutes. After mixing, set aside…
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius, or 160 for fan assisted ovens…
Now, grease your Ramekins or Foil Containers to prevent the Moimoi from sticking to the casing…
Scoop the Moimoi into each ramekin, then add your fish, smoked prawns and eggs or any protein you choose to use…
You can also use Greased Muffin Trays…
Add water to a baking tray, then place the Moimoi on the baking tray, this will help retain moisture in your Oven baked Moimoi and prevent them from drying up….
Bake in the oven for 35-50 minutes…
And it’s all done….
Serve with hot Akamu (Pap), Custard, Oatmeal, chilled Garri or on its own….