How interesting would it be to learn and try new African delicacies, especially ones that are indigenous and not difficult to make? If you are a food lover and explorer, Ekpang Nkwukwo is a beautiful recipe to try this weekend in the comfort of your home. After all, trying new meals apart from the regulars would give a nice break to our taste buds, don’t you think?
Ekpang Nkwukwo is one of the Nigerian cocoyam recipes made with grated cocoyam, water yam, cocoyam leaves and periwinkle. It is a Nigerian food recipe native to South-South Eastern Nigeria, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States of Nigeria. Ekpang Nkwukwo is so special that it is reserved for special occasions.
Ingredients for Ekpang Nkwukwo
- 500g cocoyam
- 250g Water Yam (Optional)
- A big bunch of tender cocoyam leaves
- Pumpkin leaves and
- Scent leaves (nchanwu, efirin)
- Palm oil: a generous quantity
- A handful crayfish
- 3 medium onions
- 2 milk cups (300g shelled or 500g unshelled) Periwinkles
- Assorted Beef & Offal
- Dried fish
- Snail (Optional)
- Pepper & Salt to taste
- 2 stock cubes
Before you cook the Nigerian Ekpang Nkwukwo
- Rinse and cook the beef, offals and dry fish with the seasoning till done.
- Peel, wash and grate the cocoyam and water yam (if you will be using this). Mix the two together and set aside.
- Prepare the pot by rubbing a generous amount of red palm oil on the insides of the pot.
- Rinse the tender cocoyam leaves and tear into medium pieces. If using pumpkin leaves, wash these and set aside.
- Blend the pepper and crayfish and set aside.
- Wash the shelled or unshelled periwinkles.
- Rinse and slice the scent leaves into tiny pieces.
Cooking directions for Nigerian Ekpang Nkwukwo
- If you will be using unshelled periwinkles, place these at the base of the well-oiled pot.
- Scoop a small quantity of the grated cocoyam into a piece of the torn cocoyam leaf or one pumpkin leaf. Wrap the cocoyam with the leaf and place in the pot. Repeat this procedure till all the grated cocoyam (and water yam) is exhausted.
- Add the pepper, crayfish, onions, shelled periwinkles and assorted beef.
- Add hot water to the level of the pot contents and set to cook on medium heat for 20 minutes.
- Now, add the scent leaves, a generous amount of palm oil and salt to taste. Cook for more 5 minutes and the Ekpang Nkwukwo is done.
- Leave to stand for 5 minutes and stir.
That’s how to cook the Nigerian Ekpang Nkwukwo.
Recipe from All Nigerian Recipes