Pictorials: How To Cook My Simple Healthy Ekpang With Biscuit Bones And Fish

A serving of my ekpang
Ekpang or ikokore as called by the Ijebus is a very healthy meal, especially when cooked with green vegetables. It is easily digested. Babies and children who
get introduced to ekpang cannot do without it.  This exact dish can be cooked with grated unripe bananas, and cocoyam ( Not the type of cocoyam used for onugbu soup). The pink or white cocoyam found in Southern Nigeria. Market women know the type used for ekpang. I hear the onugbu cocoyam is also very good but I haven't tried it. It is best for wrapped ekpang because it doesn't unwrap itself even with constant stirring of the pot. One thing about the onugbu soup type cocoyam is that it itches, so, to cook ekpang with it, one has to wash it with warm water and then rub palm oil on the palms while grating. With this done, you can be sure of very good ekpang from onugbu cocoyam. Iwill try cooking this with unripe bananas and share the pics with us.
 chopping hot leaf for my ekpang
The reason I used chopped hot leaf instead of the normal green or fluted pumpkin is to give a hot flavor and to try something different. After eating this, other vegetables will have to wait for a while when it comes to cooking ekpang. Ekpang is mostly eaten in the Southern parts of Nigeria. It is called ekpang nkwukwor when they wrap the water yam with cocoyam leaves. However, I can't spend long hours in the kitchen wrapping, so, I cook it my way and it is DELICIOUS and healthy. So, what else am I looking for in a meal?
This is a delicacy!

Real eaters of ekpang do not use cutleries. I licked my fingers well. Every one ate with cutleries except moi. I wanted to enjoy it the traditional way.

 Grating water yam for ekpang
Water yam is very easy to grate. Peel, wash and cut into pieces my hand can handle before grating. The best result comes when you cook small quantities.
 Frying chopped onions, ground red pepper with Knorr cubes in palm oil

  1. Grated water yam from 1 small sized tuber
  2. Green vegetables ( pumpkin, green amaranth or hot leaf) this was cooked with hot leaf(uziza)
  3. 2 cups Periwinkles (optional)
  4. 2 kg Beef Biscuit bones
  5.  2 large sized dried catffish 
  6. 3 cups Palm oil
  7. 1 tablespoon ground Pepper (ata rodo)
  8. 2 seasoning cubes
  9. 1 small sized red Onion 
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Boiling Water, enough to cover the meats for a start, you can adjust by adding more water while cooking.
 Dropping grated water yam in a pot of boiling beef stock
  1. After frying chopped onion, ground pepper and Knorr cubes in palm oil
  2. The beef stock got from boiling the beef biscuit bones  is added, salt checked, and brought to a boil
  3. The grated water yam is dropped into the boiling water in tiny pieces
  4. The pot is covered again without stirring yet. It boils and hardens before stirring
  5. The salted, boiled biscuit bones are added
 Adding boiled biscuit bones to the boiling pot of ekpang

6. After adding the boiled  biscuit bones, your fried or dried fish without the bones, and covering for a little while, the hot leaf (uziza) is added
7. Continue to stir until it is well mixed before turning off the heat.
 Adding vegetables to the pot of ekpang and stirring with a wooden ladle prevents too many crushing of the yummy lumps in the pot
 Hot ekpang ready for eating
Ekpang is best served hot and eaten with fingers. Lol :)
 A plate of hot ekpang
 These water yam tubers are different from yam tubers
 Cooking ekpang  with green amaranth behind the kitchen, on Christmas eve, before baking the Christmas cakes with firewood. Cooking outside with all the noise was so much fun
 Here is ekpang cooked with green amaranth vegetable and smoked catfish

 You can't worry about digestion after eating ekpang. It is so soft and easily digested
I cook ekpang with crayfish sometimes but not in this one. I replaced periwinkles with biscuit bones because my girls always have a hard time sucking out the periwinkles from shells.


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog and following. I'm definitely going to visit more often. Loving all the food I see here.....

  2. sophistik8 makeovers1/11/2013

    God I thank u for dis site o! I love cooking. Am edo married to yoruba, I love to spoil my hubby wit tasty meals.I haven't tried this wit uziza nd biscuit bone b4. Pls keep posting more. Love u for this site.

  3. omg!!! screaming.... will surely try this...

  4. chubby Ella1/11/2013

    Jst came across dis blog on LIB,neva knew it existed until nw n im sooooooooooooo hapi abt it cos i LUVVVV cooking. ⌣»̶·̵̭̌·̵̭̌✽̤̈̊Ŧђɑ̤̥̈̊п̥̥̲̣̣̣kƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇✽̤̈̊·̵̭̌·̵̭̌«̶⌣ Eya,u'r d best. God bless u 4 tinking it wise 2 bring dis 2 us.

  5. O my God , I just saw ur site on linda's blog. Chaii I've been missing. Ur blog is different & very good with a purpose, no copy & paste like some other blogs.

    Anyway sha, I've read a lot from. Ur previous postings. Pls will love it if u teach me how to make a delicious Moi Moi, mine is just there. I want to surprise my husband. Lovely blog once again.

  6. Happy Nu year Eya!

    I'm sorry I won't be doing much commenting on your food entries because I'm on a fasting programme. All this fanimorous food wey you dey display fit scatter my fasting. Until when you blog about something that is not food

  7. chubby Ella1/11/2013

    ⌣»̶·̵̭̌·̵̭̌✽̤̈̊Ŧђɑ̤̥̈̊п̥̥̲̣̣̣kƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇✽̤̈̊·̵̭̌·̵̭̌«̶⌣ Eya,iv taken note of dat.

  8. Good that you've given the recipe and steps to cooking Ekpang. I'd only use to hear about how delicious it is, but now I can make it. Pls what quantity of wateryam would do for six? Thanks.

  9. Barbie4/06/2013

    It's a sin for food to look this good abeg. Don't blame me for licking my screen.

    1. @Barbie, how are you? please don't lick your screen. Get one tuber wateryam and a grater.

  10. Anonymous4/07/2013

    i feel like shedding tears! God bless you!

    1. The prayer, is it for me or screen licking Barbie?

  11. Even though i hardly comment, i do visit ur blog every day. U're indeed a blessing to this generatn. May God bless u n honour ur endeavours in IJN, amen. Wl bookmark n try very soon. Hapi sunday.

  12. Please, can I use other pieces of meat like beef, chicken or goat in place of biscuit bone. I love biscuit bones but my husband can't understand why he should eat 'bones'. You mentioned unripe bananas, can I use them and water yam together? Also, my mother inlaw is diabetic and I will like to make Ekpang on her next visit, can I use unripe plantain?

    1. Hi Nife, I haven't tried it with plantain. Unripe bananas are just like plantain. I have not tried mixing, it's either banana or wateryam. Yes u can use assorted meat.

  13. Eya pikin4/08/2013

    Eya u go kill me oo. hunger

  14. Eya pikin? Hehehe, calling momma by name.

  15. Oh! Good! Thanks

  16. This looks really nice, my mouth is watering... will definitely try it, nice one!

  17. Very nice! will surelt try this!

  18. Very nice, will surely try it!

  19. Pls this is not Ekpang. Point of correction. Thanks


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