Nigerian beans soup recipes constitute healthy balanced meal!

NIGERIAN BEANS SOUP RECIPES

NIGERIAN BEANS RECIPES ARE AS MUCH HEALTHY AS ANY OTHER SOUP RECIPES EATEN ALL OVER THE WORLD.

To be sincere, an average Nigerian have never or may have never heard of 'Beans soup'. I myself inclusive! We have many ways in which we can cook and eat our national beans or beans grown, harvested and sold in Nigeria but definitely, not drink or eat it as soup.

After I had read about other nations' beans soups, I decided to try it with different types of Nigerian beans. I must be frank, the experiment worked better with Nigerian broad, butter and brown beans than with black eye beans, cow peas, or soya beans. However, I must state categorically that all the beans soups are tasty, delicious and healthy.

Every country of the world have different kinds of beans which are grown and harvested in their respective countries.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF BEANS GROWN IN SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD:

Nigeria for example, grow black eye beans,broad beans, brown beans, cow peas beans, butter and soya beans in large quantities. Other countries of the world especially Mexico and some South American countries grow 'Black beans' which is different from Nigerian black eye beans.

Nigerian black eye beans, if soaked over night can be cooked to be tender under 40 minutes unlike South American black beans which can be cooked between 1-3 hours after overnight soaking. In addition, South American black beans are smaller in size than Nigerian black eye beans. In fact, two of Mexican or South American beans are equal to one Nigerian grain of black eye beans.

There are many other types grown in West Indies, Europe, Asian and America. These include beans like White Cannellini beans, Pinto beans, Mung, Adzuki, Runner and Italian Garbanzo beans.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF BEANS SOUPS:

You can cook different types of beans soups with different types of ingredients. You can cook, chicken, beef, vegetable and fish beans soups to mention a few. The ingredients depend on the type of eatable ingredients normally eaten in a particular country. For example, many European, Asian and and South American countries add Garlic in most of the dishes they cook and eat unlike Nigerians.

I never saw or ate Garlic during my early days in Nigeria and even as today, many Nigerians don't add garlic to their dishes. Even many restaurants and hotels in Nigeria do not add garlic to most of their dishes unless by special request.

They believe the odour is not only offensive but anti-social especially in a hot country like Nigeria. I have never used this stuff in all my cooking but those who like it may add it to enrich their tastes if they can bear the smell.

RECIPES FOR BEANS SOUPS:

Depending on the number of people that will participate in the eating of the beans soups and how many servings you can make a delicious, healthy and tasty meal which you will be proud to enjoy.

1..Fresh celery sticks finely chopped

2..Fresh carrot sticks,leek finely chopped

3..Fresh tomatoes (two) finely chopped

4..Fresh home grown mushrooms( 1/2lb) finely chopped

5.. Fresh spring onion finely chopped

6..3-4 Cigarettes cups of Nigerian broad or butter beans, soaked, washed and cooked for at least 30 minutes.

7..To taste, add a spoonful of vegetable or olive oil, salt and pepper; one of magi or oxo cubes.

8..4-5 cups of water ( if not enough, add more to suit your soup cooking)

COOKING: Cooking is very easy! All you have to do is to add all the ingredients to the beans that has been cooked or boiled for 35-45 minutes. Stir intermittently as often as possible until your beans soup is cooked. Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes. You will decide whether to eat the soup hot or cold.

You can use all kinds of ingredients including chicken, bacon, fish, beef,etc. If you are a vegetarian, you can use as many combinations of vegetables as possible. In fact, that is all it is to Nigerian beans soup cooking or any other country's beans soup recipes.

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