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Ukwa Recipe

Ukwa, also known as African breadfruit, is a popular Nigerian food made from the seeds of the breadfruit tree. It is a staple food in many parts of Nigeria and is often enjoyed as a snack or as a side dish with other Nigerian dishes. Ukwa is highly nutritious, rich in fiber and protein, and can be made into a variety of tasty dishes. In this recipe, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to make Ukwa porridge, a delicious and easy-to-make Ukwa dish.


  • 2 cups of Ukwa (African breadfruit seeds)

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of ground crayfish (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (adjust to your desired level of spiciness)

  • 2 cups of water

  • 1/2 cup of palm oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Large pot with a lid

  • Colander

  • Wooden spoon


  1. Rinse the Ukwa seeds in a colander and remove any dirt or debris.

  2. Soak the Ukwa seeds in water overnight, or for at least 6 hours. Drain the water and rinse the seeds in a colander.

  3. In a large pot, add the soaked Ukwa seeds, chopped onion, minced garlic, salt, crayfish (if using), cayenne pepper, and water. Stir well to combine.

  4. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 30-40 minutes, or until the Ukwa seeds are tender and cooked through.

  5. Once the Ukwa is cooked, drain any excess water using a colander and return the Ukwa to the pot.

  6. Add the palm oil to the pot and stir well to combine.

  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and stir well.

  8. Serve hot and enjoy your delicious Ukwa porridge!

Allergy Concerns: This recipe is naturally gluten-free and can be made vegan by omitting the crayfish. If you have any other allergies, please be sure to check the ingredients carefully before making this recipe.

Calories Intake: One serving of Ukwa porridge contains approximately 150-200 calories.

Healthy Alternatives: To make this recipe even healthier, you can reduce the amount of palm oil used or substitute it with a healthier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. You can also add some chopped vegetables such as spinach or kale to the mixture for added nutrition.

Spicy Level: The cayenne pepper in this recipe adds a nice level of spiciness, but you can adjust the amount to your liking. If you prefer a milder Ukwa porridge, reduce the amount of cayenne pepper or omit it altogether.

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We hope you find this recipe and information helpful! Enjoy making and eating your delicious Ukwa porridge!

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