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Ukwa Na Onugbu Porridge

I love how versatile ukwa can be. It could be eaten as a snack e.g aki na ukwa, It could be prepared with maize or even prepared the traditional way. Some people would argue that cooking ukwa the authentic traditional way is to mash it up and serve it with the liquid (ukwa agworagwo), some others would prefer it cooked plain also (without oil) but not mashed, others would argue that it's best eaten in porridge form with maize or leaves such as scent leaf or bitter leaf.
The bottom line is, no matter how you cook it you're bound to enjoy it. This time i decided to make something different from the norm...Ukwa porridge with bitter leaf. My grandmum loves it this way so believe me when i say the taste is out of this world. Apart from being tasty, you'd also get some medicinal benefits from the onugbu which is used to treat fever, malaria, hepatitis, diarrhea, dysentery, cough, Stomach ache, Head ache, Scabies, Gastro intestinal disorders e.t.c. It also reduces the sugar level of the body for those watching their sugar intake so feel free to add a generous amount of it.

How to make ukwa porridge na onugbu

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• 3 cups ukwa
• 1 tbsp. potash (Akaun)
• 1 scotch bonnet
• 2 medium sized fish, i used smoked panla
• 1/2 cup palm oil
• 1 cup Onugbu (bitter leaf), washed
• Salt to taste

View the steps Below

Calories per serving: 0
Fat per serving: 0

Step 1: Pick the ukwa to remove the chaff or stones that might be in it. Rinse and place in a pot. 

Step 2: Dissolve the potash in 1 cup of water and strain the fluid into the pot with ukwa making sure you don't add the residue. Pour water, just enough to cover the ukwa in the pot and cover the pot. Cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the ukwa gets soft. You could check this by squeezing one cooked seed between your fingers. If it crushes easily, then the ukwa is cooked. 

Step 3: At this point, you can add salt to taste and leave the ukwa to simmer for 5 minutes before straining out the excess water into a different pot. This should be set aside. 

Step 4: Now it's time to mix the ukwa with the rest of the ingredients to turn it into porridge. Add the washed fish, chopped pepper, crushed seasoning and palm oil. Cover the pot and leave to cook further for about 15 minutes. 

Step 5: Turn down the burner and add the washed bitter leaf. Stir everything together and leave to simmer for 5 minutes before turning off the burner. Serve alone or with the ukwa water. 


  1. Hi Dobby! I’d really love to try this, but I’m having trouble finding ukwa in London. I’ve asked in loads of shops, and although they know what I mean, they say they don’t sell it. Do you or anyone else have a suggestion?

    1. That's going to be difficult. Would search for those who sell it and would keep you posted on this page k.

  2. I love this but i doubt if i'd add bitter leaf

    1. You could try it out to see if you'd enjoy it ;)

  3. Photo94.blogspot.com6/01/2017 8:07 am

    Nice one. I'll have to try this out


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