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Nigerian Dishes: How to cook Ekpang Nkukwo – Cocoyam Porridge (Recipe)

Nigerian Dishes – Ekpang Nkukwo is one of the traditional delicacies of the Efiks and Ibibios. Made with cocoyam and little wateryam, this meal is relished by many and contains the basic classes of food, the flavour and taste are heavenly mouth-watering.




  • 1kg Cocoyam, peeled, washed and grated
  • 100g Wateryam (optional), peeled, washed and grated
  • Fresh Cocoyam leaves,Spinach or Pumpkin leaves
  • 500g Meat, Goatmeat,Snails or Fish (optional)
  • 6 cups of Stock
  • 2 cups Hot Water
  • 300g Dried Fish
  • 200g Stockfish, slightly cooked
  • 3/4cup Crayfish
  • 2 cups of prawns or shrimps
  • Chilli Pepper to taste
  • 3 Maggi Cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 medium sized, Onion bulb
  • 2 cups Palm Oil
  • 5 cups Shelled Periwinkle (optional)
  • 2tbsp scent leaf, chopped



Caution: Some species of cocoyam itch terribly so limit it to your palms when grating and wrapping or wear disposable gloves

    • Season and boil the meat to get out the stock
    • Cook the shelled periwinkle for aout 5 minutes in salted water and wash properly
    • Pour the periwinkle in the pot to form a base
    • Add one cup of palm oil
    • To the cocoyam and wateryam mixture, crush and spinkle over 1 cube of Maggi and about 1/2tsp of salt
    • Mix properly with your fingertips or with a wooden stick
    • Use the leaves to make small wraps with the cocoyam and wateryam starting from one tip of the leaf to the other end
    • Make wraps until all the mixture is finished
    • Boil about 2 cups of water
    • Put the ekpang on fire and add the 2 cups of water and steam for about 5mins
    • Add the meat, dried fish and stockfish
    • Add the crayfish, chilli pepper, onions, maggi cubes
    • Add the stock and allow to cook for about 15mins on medium heat
    • Add the shrimps, remaining palm oil, scent leaf and salt to taste
    • Stir and slightly mash or just cut through with a knife
    • If it still isn’t properly cooked, add a little more water and allow to cook further on low heat
    • Serve in a flat plate


Editor’s Note: You can use water yam or cassava in place of cocoyam. You can also use pumpkin leaves, scent leaf, or greens in place of cocoyam leaf.

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