Gbegiri Soup (Honey Bean Soup)
Also known as ewa-olyin in the language of Nigeria's Yoruba people, which translates to "beans naturally coated with honey," honey beans, native to Nigeria, indeed have a hint of sweetness. They form the base of this popular Yoruba soup. Optional crayfish powder adds a smoky-sweet pleasantly fishy flavor.
To make ahead
Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
If you've cooked or eaten black-eyed peas, Nigerian honey beans will look familiar—they have a similar "eye" on the inward curve but are a darker hue.
Extracted from the oil palm tree, unrefined red palm oil gets its deep hue from healthful antioxidant pigments called carotenoids, which are important for eye health. Its high smoke point makes it a good choice for frying.
Made from dried and ground crayfish, crayfish powder adds flavor to soups and rice dishes.