How to Peel Beans with Hands

Different methods are involved when removing the outer coat of beans. The peeled beans can be used in cooking Nigerian Akara or Moin Moin, and some other Nigerian recipes or soups like gbegiri.

Below are the two methods of peeling Beans:

  1. The Machine method using a food processor or blender
  2. The traditional method which is is done by hand or with a mortar and pestle

For the purpose of this write-up, I will be discussing how to peel beans traditionally, which is by using the hands.

Also Read: Moin Moin Recipe: How to make Nigerian Moin Moin

 What you will need

  1. 3 milk cups of brown Beans
  2. Large bowl
  3. Water

 How to Remove the Beans Coat

  1. First of all, soak the dry Beans in cool water. The duration the beans stay inside the water depends on the type of beans. Monitor the beans closely, and as soon as you can easily remove the beans coat by rubbing a few of them together in your hands, that is when the beans is ready for washing.
  2. Leaving the beans too long in the water will make it over soaked and soggy. The coat will become very difficult to remove. Peeling at this stage is quite tedious and can take hours on end.


  1. First of all. start by rubbing the soaked beans between your palms until 50% of the beans is without skin
  2. Secondly, pour an ample amount of water (washing requires a generous quantity of water) into the bowl in a way that the beans coat are detached from the seeds and are floating on the water.
  3. After that, pour out the floating beans coat, Pour in more water, wash and pour out the water again. Continue with this process until all the beans coats are removed.
  4. Finally,  pick out the leftover stubborn unpeeled beans and peel them. Pour in some water again and remove the coat.
  5. For easy blending, it is advisable to leave the beans for some hours inside the water before pouring the water away.
  6. That’s it! Your beans is ready for use at this point. Use your peeled beans to cook Nigerian Moin moin, Nigerian Akara and any other recipe that calls for peeled beans.

Try it out and tell me what you think. Thanks for reading.