Nkwobi is a traditional Nigerian dish that is often served as a starter or snack. It is made from cow feet that have been cooked until they are tender and then mixed with a spicy sauce made from palm oil, onions, peppers, and other seasonings. Nkwobi is a flavorful and hearty dish that is enjoyed by many Nigerians and is also becoming popular in other parts of the world.
Originating from the southeastern part of Nigeria, Nkwobi is a popular Igbo delicacy that has been enjoyed for generations. It is typically served in restaurants and bars, and is a staple food in many homes during special occasions such as weddings and other celebrations.
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2 lbs of cow feet
1 cup of palm oil
2 small onions, chopped
3-4 Scotch bonnet peppers (or other hot peppers), chopped
2 teaspoons of ground crayfish
2 teaspoons of ground uziza seeds (optional)
2 teaspoons of salt
2 cubes of Maggi or other bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon of ground Ehu seeds (optional)
Utazi leaves for garnish (optional)
Large pot with a lid
Mortar and pestle (optional)
Wash the cow feet thoroughly and place them in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the cow feet and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer until the cow feet are tender, about 2-3 hours. You can also use a pressure cooker to cook the cow feet in less time.
While the cow feet are cooking, prepare the sauce. In a blender, blend the onions and peppers until smooth.
Heat the palm oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the blended onions and peppers to the pot and fry until the mixture is fragrant and the oil has turned red, about 5-7 minutes.
Add the ground crayfish, uziza seeds (if using), salt, Maggi cubes, and Ehu seeds (if using) to the pot and stir well.
Use a mortar and pestle to crush the utazi leaves (if using) and add them to the pot. Stir well and let the mixture simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Once the cow feet are tender, remove them from the pot and chop them into small pieces. Add the chopped cow feet to the pot with the sauce and stir well to combine.
Let the mixture simmer for another 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
Serve the Nkwobi hot, garnished with more utazi leaves (if using), in individual bowls.
This recipe contains cow feet, which may not be suitable for those with allergies to beef or other meats. Additionally, the use of palm oil may not be suitable for those with allergies to palm products. Please be sure to check the ingredients carefully before making this recipe.
Each serving of Nkwobi contains approximately 300-400 calories.
To make this recipe healthier, you can use a leaner cut of meat such as beef shank or oxtail instead of cow feet. You can also reduce the amount of palm oil used or substitute it with a healthier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil.
The Scotch bonnet peppers in this recipe add a high level of spiciness, but you can adjust the amount to your liking. If you prefer a milder Nkwobi, you can use less hot peppers or substitute them with a milder variety.
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We hope you enjoy making and eating this delicious and traditional Nigerian dish!