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Kpomo Alata Recipe

Updated: Apr 19

Kpomo Alata (Peppered Kpomo) is a popular Nigerian dish made from cow skin. It is usually prepared as a spicy stew and served as a side dish or snack. Here is a detailed recipe for Kpomo Alata:


  • 1 pound of Kpomo (cow skin)

  • 2 medium-sized onions, chopped

  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped

  • 3-4 scotch bonnet peppers, chopped

  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon of ginger, minced

  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder

  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste

  • 2 cups of chicken or beef broth

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Kitchen equipment:

  • Large pot

  • Cutting board

  • Sharp knife

  • Wooden spoon

  • Blender or food processor

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Kitchen timer


  1. Rinse the Kpomo thoroughly and soak it in warm water for about 15 minutes to soften it. Drain the water and set aside.

  2. In a blender or food processor, blend the red bell peppers, scotch bonnet peppers, onions, garlic, and ginger until smooth.

  3. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the blended pepper mixture and stir for about 5-7 minutes until fragrant.

  4. Add the smoked paprika, curry powder, tomato paste, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir well.

  5. Add the Kpomo to the pot and stir to coat it with the pepper mixture.

  6. Pour in the chicken or beef broth and bring the mixture to a boil.

  7. Reduce the heat to low and let the Kpomo simmer for about 1 hour or until it is tender and fully cooked.

  8. Serve hot and garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Calorie intake: One serving of Kpomo Alata (1/2 cup) contains approximately 150 calories.

Healthy alternatives:

  • Use a non-stick cooking spray instead of vegetable oil for a lower fat option.

  • Use low-sodium broth or make your own broth to reduce the sodium content.

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