It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we get to create fun and splendid memories with our families and loved ones. The most exciting part about Christmas is the Love it brings, the merriments and gifts that come with it, and of course, the sumptuous meals that come with it. As a Nigerian living in Nigeria, you all know how we do it (lol) somethings we forget our diet and create space in our bellies for all the foods from our families, loved ones, friends, and even neighbors. Nigerians love to indulge during the holidays, and Christmas is no exception. Nigerian cuisine has always been known for its variety and creativity which is why most foods on a Nigerian Christmas menu are delicious.
This Article reveals some of the most common food found in a Nigerian Christmas food Platter. it seems like a crime to have just one meal on Christmas day in Nigeria. (lol. I mean it is also very ok to have one food on the menu, you don’t have to break the bank because of Christmas).
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Rice is almost a must, this rice varies in different flavors and colors, which are jollof rice, fried rice, coconut rice, rice, and stew, etc. These foods are mostly what we eat and it’s extra sumptuous because it is made with love and merriment. These rice usually come with side dishes like salad, moi-moi, and fried plantain (AKA Dodo). Afterall, what is Christmas without Christmas rice right!?
2. Egusi soup.
Egusi Soup is a soup thickened with ground melon seeds and contains leafy and other vegetables. It is one of the most popular soups prepared by most tribes in Nigeria with considerable variation and often eaten with dishes like Pounded Yams Eba, Semo, etc. It can be prepared with goat, beef, fish, or shellfish.
Moimoi is a steamed or boiled bean pudding made from a mixture of washed and peeled black-eyed beans, often combined with onions and fresh ground red peppers. The most common method is cooking Moi Moi in bowls, Aluminium Foil Bags, Banana Leaves, or in heat-proof nylons. It is commonly seen accompanying Jollof Rice, Fried Rice, Fried Plantain, Custard, Akamu (Pap, Ogi), etc. It can even be eaten alone as a snack with a chilled soft drink to wash it down.
4. Pepper Soup
Pepper soup is a spicy soup that has a light, watery texture, notably in Nigeria that is prepared using various types of meat, chili peppers, and calabash nutmeg as primary. Pepper soup can be made with fish, chicken, beef, goat meat, etc.
5. Pounded Yam and Efo Riro
Efo riro (Yoruba: ẹ̀fọ́ riro) is a vegetable soup and a native soup of the Yoruba people of western Nigeria. The two vegetables most commonly used to prepare the soup are Celosia argentea (ṣọkọ̀ yòkòtò) and Amaranthus hybridus (ẹ̀fọ́ tẹ̀tẹ̀). Efo Riro can be paired with any swallow of choice but it is best paired with Pounded Yam.
N/B: These meals can be served with different proteins such as chicken, turkey, goat meat, and cow meat, fish, etc.
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These foods don’t sound interesting in writing you should try the unfamiliar ones this Christmas and share your experience with loved ones. all of these meals can’t be enjoyed without having premium wines by your side. Here are some Recommended wines you should have your meal with this festive season.
1. Casa dorada wine.
Casa Dorada is a 100% grape wine that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family, the young, middle-aged, and the old.
2. Dominio Del Rey Wine
Dominio Del Rey Wine is Made from a superior grapes. known for its premium taste and fine texture.
3. Castillo Grande Wine
Castillo Grande wine is a grape wine made from the best hand-picked grapes. Pleasant and smooth in the mouth and can also be paired with all meals.
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Merry Christmas And A Prosperous New Year in Advance.