Nigerian food is typical of that found throughout West Africa, with regional variations. In the north, meat is more popular than in other areas. Nigeria is one of the world's most ethnically diverse countries. Nigeria has such a variety of people and food that it is hard to pick one national dish. Each area has its own regional favorite that depends on customs, tradition, and religion.
Common foods include pounded yam, rice & beans, Jollof (the dish consists of rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onion, salt, spices) and fried rice.
People of the northern region have diets based on meat (not pork as the people of the northern region are mostly Muslim, whose beliefs prohibit eating pork) beans, sorghum (a type of grain), and brown rice are beans, sorghum (a type of grain), and brown rice. The people from the eastern part of Nigeria eat much less meat with cassava powder, dumplings, pumpkins and yams the most common ingredients. Yams are usually eaten in place of potatoes and are an important part of the Nigerian diet.
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