Yam: How to prepare Ekpang Nkwukwo

Ekpang Nkwukwo

Ekpang Nkwukwo is a Nigerian food recipe native to the South-South Eastern Nigeria.

Ekpang Nkwukwo is one of Nigeria cocoyam recipes made with grated cocoyam, water yam, cocoyam leaves and periwinkle.

It is a Nigerian food recipe native to the South-South Eastern Nigeria.




Water Yam (Optional)


Tender cocoyam leaves

Pumpkin leaves

Scent leaves (nchanwu, efirin)

Palm oil

Crayfish, Onions, Periwinkles, Assorted Beef & Offal, Dried fish, Snail (Optional)

Pepper & Salt to taste

Stock cubes


Rinse and cook the beef, offals and dry fish with the seasoning till done.

Peel, wash and grate the cocoyam and water yam (if you will be using this). Mix the two together and set aside.

Prepare the pot by rubbing a generous amount of red palm oil on the insides of the pot.

Rinse the tender cocoyam leaves and tear into medium pieces. If using pumpkin leaves, wash these and set aside.

Blend the pepper and crayfish and set aside.

Wash the shelled or unshelled periwinkles.

Rinse and slice the scent leaves into tiny pieces.

Scoop a small quantity of the grated cocoyam into a piece of the torn cocoyam leaf or one pumpkin leaf. Wrap the cocoyam with the leaf and place in the pot. Repeat this procedure till all the grated cocoyam (and water yam) is exhausted.

Add the pepper, crayfish, onions, shelled periwinkles and assorted beef.

Set to cook on medium heat for 20 minutes.

Add the scent leaves, a generous amount of palm oil and salt to taste.

Cook for more 5 minutes and the Ekpang Nkwukwo is done.

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