It is mostly safer to post about a food everyone can relate to but I’m going back to my roots with an achicha ede recipe. Achicha, also called Echicha is my favourite food from my paternal side Nsukka. Nsukka is a town in Enugu state of Nigeria. The town that nurtured Nigeria’s literary giants like Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chika Unigwe and others.
Like most Nsukka (Igbo) food, the preparation of the cocoyam starts long before you cook it, that is why it is not popular. There are different types of achicha, this achicha is simply a beautiful blend of dried and smoked cocoyam (ede) and pigeon peas (fio fio).
Buying local rice made me decide to prepare native jollof rice (or palm oil rice). While the amount of palm oil required takes it from healthy to healthish, it still worth making.
What is native jollof rice? The difference between Nigerian native jollof rice (also called iwuk edesi) and the conventional jollof rice is the local/village inspired flavour. Rather than tomatoes, thyme, etc, this recipe will come alive with palm oil, ugu, smoked panla and more.
Plantains are a rich source of vitamin A, B6, C and magnesium, potassium and fiber. It is also great for the heart and bones. Garden egg leaves are locally known for “giving blood”. I was feeling dizzy one time and when I tried to reach out for ugu (pumpkin leaves) to use with my prescribed iron supplements, garden egg was offered instead. It contains vitamin B, C and potassium and calcium. This recipe is truly packed with a lot of goodies.
Oha soup is a soup enjoyed by the Igbo people of Nigeria. One of the things I love about the soup is that it is an actual meal on its own. You can eat alone or with eba (garri), wheat meal and the likes. It is also highly nutritious.
I had to include party-worthy in the title because Nigerian jollof rice lovers know there is jollof rice, party jollof rice and concoction rice. Out of which we love party jollof rice the most, rave about it and use it as our claim to culinary fame. I am all about holistic living and hence do not like tin/sachet tomato (puree) paste, so this jollof rice recipe is about preparing jollof rice without sachet or tin tomatoes paste. Some people have argued that adding it is the only way to achieve proper jollof rice in all its orangish-red glory… I disagree.
One of the joys of having my secondary school education in Enugu was Abacha. Boarding students were not allowed outside the gate, so my friends and I would give our day classmates money to get abacha from the woman who sold outside the school gate. With our eager faces pressed to the gate, we shouted to our saviours things like “Canda 50 naira!”, ” I want mmiri abacha”, “Tell her to more onions o!”. Such is the power abacha holds. However, we purged after eating it that I was forced to create a recipe that makes a delicious abacha without potash, which is meant to hold the oil to the abacha seamlessly.
Edikaikong soup is a vegetable soup that is originally from the Cross River and Akwa Ibom people of Nigeria. A nutritionally dense soup, it can be eaten alone or savoured with – wheat meal (like I did), fufu or akpu, amala; literally everything you want to eat with it. It is fairly easy to make, and I have made it even more fun and easier to do so. Sit tight while I share my recipe with you.
I have been craving egusi soup with bitter leaves for a while now. I’m one of those few people who like bitter leaves and drink the juice especially because of its benefits. And for the first time, I’m using cow leg in my soup. I use other types of meat but the cow leg was available when I wanted to cook, so I used it. Egusi soup is a Nigerian soup it is prepared by both my Igbo and Yoruba family. However, this post focuses on the Igbo preparation style and it is called ofe egusi in Igbo.
I shared a picture of my already made ogbono soup with okro on my WhatsApp stories and my friends starting hounding me for the recipe. I didn’t take any pictures until I was done making it because I didn’t plan to blog it. However, I will get pictures of the ingredients I used from my previous food posts.
Ogbono is quite easy to make. You can grind the ogbono in the market or at home, depends on what you want. You just have to make sure the ogbono seeds are fresh and the grinder is clean.