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How To Make Homemade Ukwa Dish


Ukwa is a Nigerian delicacy particularly in the south-west region, most common with the Igbo. Ukwa is also known as breadfruit.


700g African breadfruit (ukwa)

2 medium dry fish

7g potash

2 small stock cubes

5-6 bitter leave

Palm oil

Pepper & Salt



If you are making use of dry ukwa, soak it overnight but if fresh ugwu don’t soak

Wash your dry fish and break into piece

Wash the ukwa thoroughly because of sand and stone

Pound the pepper

Rinse the bitter leave

Pour the washed ukwa into a pot

Pour water to cover the ukwa

Add the potash, dry fish and cover the pot; the ukwa is done if the seeds melt when pressed

Add palm oil, pepper, stock cubes, and salt to taste to the cooked ukwa

Stir and cover to cook on medium heat for 5 minutes

Stir and add bitter leaves

Cover and leave to simmer

Serve with wine, cold drink, juice or palm wine.


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