Try the Bold Flavors of Nigeria with this Delicious Vegan Ewa Agoyin Recipe


Ewa Agoyin is a traditional vegan Nigerian dish made with black-eyed peas and a flavorful blend of vegetables and spices. It is a hearty and satisfying meal that is perfect for a cold winter day. This recipe is easy to make and is traditionally served over white rice. Whether you are a vegan or simply looking for a delicious and nourishing meal, this ewa agoyin is sure to satisfy your cravings.

  • 1 cup dry black-eyed peas
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 habanero pepper, minced (optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Cooked white rice for serving


  1. Rinse the black-eyed peas and soak them in cold water overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the peas, then place them in a large pot with enough water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the peas are tender, about 1-2 hours.
  3. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, habanero pepper (if using), cumin seeds, chili flakes, paprika, and salt to the pan. Stir to combine.
  5. Add the cooked black-eyed peas to the pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Serve the ewa agoyin over white rice. Enjoy!

Note: Ewa agoyin is traditionally served with a spicy tomato sauce on the side. To make the sauce, combine diced tomatoes, habanero pepper, and a little water in a blender and blend until smooth. You can also add in a little tomato paste or diced onions for extra flavor.

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