Hello All. It’s another day when we sit behind our desks, eyes focused firmly on our work screens. But the time comes when nature calls and we are left to nourish it – at lunch time!

So if you are tired of the bland everyday meal you are used to, try out the Ukwa (African Bread Fruit)recipe served with plantain, dry fish, sprinkled with uziza leaf.

The meal is originated from the Eastern(igbo) part of Nigeria.



  • 700g African Breadfruit
  • 2 medium dry fish
  • 2 small stock cubes
  • 7g edible potash
  • Palm oil (enough to colour)
  • 5-6 fresh bitter leaves
  • Pepper & Salt (to taste)

Notes before preparation

  1. If using dry ukwa, soak it overnight in plenty of cold water. If using fresh ukwa, skip this step.
  2. The next day, soak, debone and wash the dry fish or stock fish and break into pieces.
  3. Wash the ukwa thoroughly in cold water. Stones and sand usually settle at the bottom so watch out for those.
  4. Pound the pepper.
  5. Rinse the bitter leaves and set aside.



  • Put the thoroughly washed ukwa in a sizeable pot.
  • Pour enough water to cover the ukwa. The level of water should be about 1 inch above the level of the ukwa.
  • Add the edible potash. Add the dry fish or stock fish, 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, stock cubes and salt to taste.
  • Stir. Cover and cook on medium heat till the palm oil changes colour 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!

Trust me you will come back for more!

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