How to Cook Easy African Breadfruit (Ukwa)

Let me show you How to Cook Easy African Breadfruit (Ukwa)

Breadfruit (Ukwa) is a popular food with a naturally delicious flavor. I enjoy it more when cook without using ingredients.
However, Ukwa can be a cook or eating in many ways, such as you can enjoy it with coconut or palm kernel when roasted.
More so, you can cook it plain without any ingredient, not even salt, and it will taste great mainly when prepared with fresh Ukwa.

How to Cook African Breadfruit (Ukwa)

Ingredients for African Breadfruit (Ukwa)

  • 700g African Breadfruit
  • 2 medium dry fish
  • 2 small stock cubes to taste
  • Pepper & Salt to taste
  • 7g edible potash
  • 1 tablespoon of Ogiri
  • Palm oil (enough to color)
  • 5-6 fresh bitter leaves
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Some relevant things to add Breadfruit Porridge:

  • Corn/Maize, sweet corn.
  • White Puna yam

Before Cooking Prepare

  • If you want to use dry ukwa, first soak in cold water for some hours. Skip the step if using fresh ukwa is not meant for you.
  • Wash the ukwa in cold water to remove sand or stones because it usually settles at the bottom so watch out for those.
  • The next day, soak, debone and wash the dry fish or stockfish and break into pieces.
  • Wash the bitter leaves and set them aside.
  • Blend the pepper and ogiri.
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  • Put the washed ukwa in a pot. I used a pressure pot to cook faster.
  • Pour enough water to cover the ukwa. The level of water for those using pot should be about 1 inch above the level of the ukwa.
  • Add the edible potash. Add the dry fish or stockfish, cover the pot and cook till well done. The ukwa is done when the seeds melt when pressed. You may need to top up the water while cooking, so watch it closely. If using a pressure pot, top-ups will not be necessary.
  • Add enough palm oil to the well-done ukwa, add pepper, ogiri, stock cubes, and salt to taste.
  • Stir. Cover and cook on medium heat till the palm oil changes color from red to yellow. This should take about 5 minutes.
  • Stir and add the bitter leaves.
  • Cover and leave to simmer or till the leaves wilt but still green and the ukwa is ready to be served.
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Breadfruit Porridge gets thicker as it cools down, ensuring you have plenty of porridge in the meal when done.

Serve with chilled palm wine, palmy. Awww! Or any other chilled drink.

Perpetua Lucy
Perpetua Lucy
Hi, I'm Lucy, a proud mum, a chef and a traveller who loves exploring everything, from keeping healthy fitness to DIYs. Creating delicious recipes and spending more time with my family and friends give me the utmost happiness. See you out there.


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