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KFB Foodie Talk: How to make ‘Jollof Ukwa’ (Breadfruit porridge)

 

 

For
our newbies, the KFB foodie talk column – handled by Dobby of Dobbysignature – is basically for ladies and
‘guys’ that are interested in learning how to cook better ;).
Today, Dobby discusses how to make Breadfruit porridge, enjoy!
Breadfruit
porridge (Ukwa) is a popular Nigerian dish which originates from the
eastern part of Nigeria. It is prepared with the seeds of the Breadfruit
Treculia africana”. Though priced expensive in the local
market, it’s a meal which is highly sort after due to its rich taste and
flavor. it’s a versatile dish which can be prepared in different ways
i.e the plain version (Click to view) and the jollof porridge version. 


Prep time:  15mins
Cook time: 1hr 15mins
Serves:       4
Ingredients:::
• ¾ tsp. potash “akaun” / Sodium Bicarbonate
• 1 Red Onion, diced – optional
• 1½ cooking spoon Palmoil
• 3 tbsp. Crayfish, Ground
• 2 Stock Seasoning cubes
• ½ tsp. Salt to taste
• 2 cups maize (Boiled) or sweet corn – optional

Directions:::

Step 1: Pick the breadfruit seeds (Ukwa) to remove the chaff

Step 2:
Prepare the akaun by pounding to a fine powder. Pour the akaun powder
into ½ cup of water and stir thoroughly to dissolve – set aside. Potash
is used in the preparation of this meal to cut the cooking time short.
This is because, breadfruit (Ukwa) takes a very long time to soften and
the addition of potash which acts as a tenderizer to soften the ukwa
faster. If you’ve got enough time and Gas, you could skip the addition
of potash.

Step 3: Wash
severally to remove dirt and sand and place in a medium sized pot. Add 3
cups of water (Just enough to cover the content of the pot) and leave
to boil for 30mins.

Step 4: Stir
the potash and water mixture once more and pour into the boiling pot of
Ukwa making sure you don’t pour in the residue which should be
discarded.

Step 5:
Add some more water just enough to cover the ukwa in the pot if needed
and leave to Boil and soften for another 10 mins. At this stage, Add the
Chopped Onion, Scotch bonnet, Dried prawns “Okporo” (With the head
removed), salt to taste and seasoning cubes – Leave to boil for 10mins.

Step 6: Add the crayfish  and palmoil – Stir and leave to boil together till the liquid in the pot evaporates.

Stir in your sweet corn and serve.

Kitchen notes

• The Breadfruit porridge gets thicker as it cools down which makes it tastier in my own point of view.
• A better alternative to Potash “Akaun” preferred by the igbos is
known as “Ngu” pronounced “Ngooo”. It’s a form of ash gotten from
burning palm fronds and it acts as a food tenderizer when preparing
Ukwa. But since it’s mostly found in the villages and quite rare to find
in the cities, potash “Akaun” is mostly used.
• You can use either dried fish or dried prawns in the preparation of this dish.

The addition of Akaun helps in softening the ukwa faster. I’ve cooked
this meal once before without the addition of the tenderizer for almost 5
hours and it still didn’t soften till the addition of akaun. You should
use very little though.
• In a 100g serving or 3.5oz, ukwa is
composed of about 10% fat primarily unsaturated fat (the good fat),
12-15% protein, 25% carbohydrates with 2% fiber. It is a good source of
vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene, vitamin c, and folic acid
(folate). With only about 240 kcal in this serving amount, it is a good
option for individuals with diabetes.
 
Cheers 🙂
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3 Comments

  1. this is just like cooking beans na.. will give it a shot.. tanks dobstar

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