Ekpang’ Nkukwo

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Nkwukwo is a Nigerian delicacy that originated from South-South Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.

It is a cocoyam Nigerian meal, made with grated cocoyam, water yam, cocoyam leaves, and periwinkles.

 This Nigerian food recipe is also native to South-Eastern Nigeria, specifically Abia State – Abiriba.

In Abiriba, Abia State, this food is known as OTO but is prepared with mainly, water yam and plenty of fish as well as periwinkle.

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Recipe for 4 servings

  • 6 medium size of cocoyam.
  • 1 cup periwinkle (unshelled)
  • 2 dry fish or fresh fish
  • 1 cup shrimps.
  • 1 small bunch Ntong (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons dry ground pepper.
  • Cocoyam or moi-moi leaves.
  • 2 cooking spoons palm oil.
  • Salt and seasoning to taste.


…. grated water yam, mixed with sliced pepper and onions
  • Peel, wash and grate the cocoyam and set aside.
  • Segment the cocoyam or moi-moi leaves and wash.
  • Clean, Top and tail the periwinkles.
  • Dress the periwinkles, wash till all the mud and dirt are removed.
  • Place the periwinkle at the base of the pot, add a little palm oil to line the sides and base of the pot.
  • Add dry pepper, salt, and seasoning to the pot.
  • Add half to one cup of water to the grated cocoyam depending on its consistency.
  • Take a teaspoon size of the grated cocoyam with your fingers on to the segmented cocoyam leaf roll and place it in the pot.
  • Continue until all the cocoyam is rolled up in the leaves.
  • Place the pot on the fire and add a cup of warm water through the side of the pot.
  • Allow to boil, add the shrimps, cray fish, dry fish, dry pepper and all other ingredients.
  • Allow to boil, do not stir, if the water dries up, add another cup of water until the food is cooked.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, add a little water if you need sauce and add the cooking spoons of palm oil.
  • Stir and allow to cook until the food is ready.
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