Beans and Corn Pottage (Not quite Adalu)

Hello everybody, how body? My own dey cloth o. How far na? I hope you guys are good. We thank God for life. My dear readers in Ondo State, I hope you guys are keeping safe. I heard about some type of outbreak, and I want to beg you, and indeed everybody reading this in Nigeria, to please maintain Ebola safety standards till we can find out what this thing truly is. Stay safe please, and make this Beans and Corn Pottage while you’re at it.

Beans and corn pottage

Hmmm, na so I dey house yesterday, I called HACE to help me buy Yakuwa (Sorrel) leaves because I wanted to make Ekpang Nkukwo-I know Yakuwa is not usual for Ekpang, but if that surprises you, you must be new to the Fruitful Kitchen (delicious experiments galore), so welcome.

My dear, the guy bounced into the house with a big black bag, I was now wondering whether I told him I was making Ekpang for the whole neighbourhood. On closer inspection, what did I find inside the bag biko? Cans of sweet corn, not a single Yakuwa leaf in sight. Bros, how far now? He said he thought I said sweet corn!!! As in?! *side eye*

Beans and Corn Pottage (Not quite Adalu)

Now I’m faced with a dilemma o. How do I keep these periwinkles alive? The thing confuse me o. Should I keep them in water? Should I keep them out of water? Please help me if you know o!

Anyway, seeing the sweet corn reminded me of beans and corn, and of Ukwa (which, after Abacha, is my favourite food in the whole wide world), so I got to cooking. I know using sweetcorn in this is the lazy easy way, but hey, that’s what I’m about. Also, I really like that hint of sweetness from the corn. If you have fresh corn, by all means, use it instead.

Beans and Corn Pottage (Not quite Adalu)


  • 2 cups of dried beans
  • 400g tin of sweetcorn
  • 300g of dried fish, washed
  • 1 handful of nchanwu/effirin/scentleaves, sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 atarodo/scotch bonnet, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of dried ground crayfish
  • 1 stock cube
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons of palm oil


Boil beans till soft (I used beef stock, use water if you like).

Drain and rinse the sweetcorn. Boil for about 5 minutes to reduce crunchiness. If you like it crunchy, don’t boil.

Heat palm oil in a large pan for 3 minutes, add onions. Saute for 3 minutes, and add crayfish.

Stir for another 2 minutes, then add tomatoes and peppers. Saute for 4 minutes.

Add the dried fish, stir, and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Add sweetcorn, beans, remaining salt, and stock cube. Add 1/2 cup of water. Simmer for 6 minutes.

Add nchanwu, stir and cook for 1 minute. Serve.



Hi, my name is Chidinma. I’ve been happily married for 4+ years (actually almost 6 years now), and my husband and I have been trying to have our own children for almost all the time we’ve been married, with no success…yet. We haven’t lost hope (far from it), and we believe it will happen very soon.

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