How to Make Gbegiri Soup At Home

How to Make Gbegiri Soup
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Gbegiri soup

How to Make Gbegiri Soup At Home

Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 50 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 4 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Welcome to the world of delicious Nigerian food, where flavors come to life and captivate the senses. One dish, Gbegiri soup, stands out among the many culinary delicacies in this vibrant West African country for its unique simplicity and complexity. Gbegiri, a delectable bean-based soup, holds a special place in the hearts and mouths of Nigerians, and you'll definitely crave more after tasting it. So, get ready to embark on a culinary journey as we explore the fascinating tastes and customs behind this outstanding soup.

Nigerians have a deep love for the bean soup called Gbegiri, which is made using brown or black-eyed beans. If you've never tried it, you'll be surprised to learn just how simple it is to make. In fact, Gbegiri is one of the easiest soups to prepare. It is best enjoyed with either Amala and Ewedu soup or Tuwo Shinkafa you can even enjoy it with bread.

Now, let's dive into making and savoring these delightful meals together.

Ingredients for Making Gbegiri Soup

Ingredients for Making Gbegiri Soup

Procedure for Making Gbegiri Soup

  1. Soak the beans in a bowl of water and let them soak for 10 minutes.

  2. After soaking, rub the beans between your palms continuously until the back of the beans separates from the actual beans. Use a colander to wash the beans thoroughly.

  3. Grate the habanero pepper together with one onion and set aside

  4. Transfer the washed beans to a pressure cooker, add water, and some sliced onions, and place over medium heat. Let it cook for approximately 20 minutes or until the beans soften.

  5. Now, place the cooking pot over medium heat, add the four tablespoons of palm oil into the pot, add some sliced onions, and allow it to fry for 3 minutes.

  6. Add the grated habanero pepper and onion to the pot and fry for 2 minutes

  7. If using a blender, pour the cooked beans into the blender and blend until smooth. If using a traditional broom, reduce the heat and use the broom to punch and stir the content continuously until it turns into a smooth paste.

    Alternatively, you could use a masher in the absence of blender and traditional broom (ijabe).
  8. Then, pour the smooth paste into the cooking pot, also, add the ground crayfish, seasonings, and salt to taste, and stir very well until all the ingredients are well combined.

    Your Gbegiri soup is now ready!

  9. Pour the Gbegiri soup into a plate and serve it with classic side dishes like Ewedu soup, stew and Amala (yam flour dough) or pounded yam. Moreover, you can serve gbegiri soup with bread.


Occasions to Serve Gbegiri Soup

It is commonly enjoyed during important occasions and celebrations in Nigerian cuisine, such as weddings, festivals, and cultural gatherings. It is also served for lunch or dinner.

How to Store Gbegiri Soup

After completely cooling down, Gbegiri soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. When reheating, add a little water or broth to achieve the desired consistency.

Health Benefits of Gbegiri Soup

Aside from being a delightful cuisine, Gbegiri soup also offers several health benefits. It aids in improving gut health, controlling appetite, preventing fatty liver disease, managing diabetes and glucose metabolism, reducing the risk of cancer, promoting heart health, and providing protein.


Gbegiri soup is a remarkable culinary masterpiece that embodies Nigeria's rich cultural heritage. From its humble origins as a bean soup, it has evolved into a delicacy that transcends borders and unites people in the joy of shared flavors. The unique blend of earthy beans, aromatic spices, and creamy texture creates a symphony of flavors that pleases the senses and rejuvenates the spirit.

Whether enjoyed on a chilly evening or as part of a grand celebration, Gbegiri soup exemplifies the creativity and vibrant traditions of Nigerian cuisine. So, savor each spoonful, engage your senses, and let Gbegiri's charm transport you to the heart of West Africa.

That's a wrap! We hope you found this article helpful. If you did, please leave a comment below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How to make gbegiri with unpeeled beans?

Blend the cooked beans into a paste using a blender. Alternatively, you can use a mashing broom (ijabe) or a wooden spoon to mash the beans. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pureed beans in a pan. Adjust the thickness by adding water as needed. Simmer over low to medium heat for an additional ten minutes.

How to use beans powder for gbegiri?

To create a thin paste, simply combine the bean flour with cold water. In a pot of boiling water, add the salt, fermented locust beans, dried prawns, and palm oil. Stir frequently and add more water as needed to achieve the desired consistency. It is common for Gbegiri prepared from bean powder to have a gel-like texture.

How do you soften beans quickly in Nigeria?

To soften beans quickly, you can use the microwave. Place the beans in a microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda over them, and then cover with water. Microwave for 10 minutes, and then allow it to cool for 30 to 40 minutes. However, you can also make use of a pressure cooker

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