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Traditional Dishes You Have To Try In Nigeria

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!

This week we visit: The Nigeria

Nigeria is a country with a rich history and culture and its cuisine does not trail far behind. Nigerian traditional cuisine features some truly mouth-watering specialties that you must try out when visiting this incredible country.

Akara are protein-packed cakes made from peeled brown beans, onions and spices and then deep fried in vegetable oil. You can eat them on the go or sit down for a whole meal. Another Nigerian dish that uses beans is the bean and plantain pottage, a fantastic hearty meal that will wow you with the perfect combo of nuttiness and sweetness.

shutterstock_274949102If you are more of a meat person, then you simply have to try suya. Suya is a meat dish where meat chunks are marinated in the yaji spice mix before grilling on skewers. This is a specialty with a number of variations and you will just have to find your favorite on your own. It’s all a matter of taste with this one.

Ogbono is a hearty soup which is based on ground ogbono (African mango) seeds, stock, spices and palm oil. It often also includes meat or fish and sometimes melon seeds. The soup is usually eaten with staples such as pounded yams or fufu. Another soup dish that you should try when in Nigeria is called banga, cooked with fish or meat but always relying on local spice mixtures. The best banga soup is in the Delta region.

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