Delight in the flavors of Nigeria with this Jogi recipe. Made from a blend of black-eyed peas, roasted egusi seeds, scotch bonnet peppers, and spices, wrapped in banana leaves or foil and steamed to perfection. Savor this traditional Nigerian dish as a side or main meal, pairing it with rice or bread for a complete experience.

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 cups black-eyed peas
  • 1/2 cup Egusi (melon seeds)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  •  2 scotch bonnet peppers
  • 1/4 cup  olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of mushroom powder
  •  Salt to taste
  • Banana leaves or foil for wrapping (if available)
  • Water


  1. Soak the black-eyed peas in water for a few hours or overnight to soften them.

  2. Wash and roast the egusi seed till it is golden brown

  3. Drain and rinse the soaked peas thoroughly.

  4. In a blender, combine the black-eyed peas, roasted egusi, chopped onions, scotch bonnet peppers, and a little water. Blend until you have a smooth paste. Add more water if needed.

  5. Pour the blended mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil, mushroom powder and salt. Mix everything until well combined.

  6. Pass the banana leaves over an open flame to make them pliable. If using foil, no preparation is needed.

  7. Place a portion of the mixture onto a banana leaf or foil, then fold it into a rectangular or cylindrical shape, securing the ends by folding.

  8. Repeat this process until all the mixture is used up.

  9. Place the wrapped Jogi in a steamer or a large pot with a steaming rack. Add enough water to the pot without touching the Jogi.

  10. Cover the pot and steam for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the Jogi is firm and cooked.

  11. Allow it to cool a bit before unwrapping and slicing.


Enjoy your homemade Jogi! You can serve it as a side dish with rice or bread.  


Courses: Nigerian Meals, sides
Cuisines: Nigerian
Keywords: Homemade Jogi, Steamed black-eyed peas with egusi
Difficulty: Level 2 (average)
Cooking time: 30-60 minutes
Season: General
Number ingredients: 10-15 ingredients, 5-10 ingredients
Taste: Savory, Spicy
Preparation method: Steam
Type of dish: accompaniments, Bean dish
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge