Nkwobi is a delicious Nigerian delicacy that is usually ordered and enjoyed in exclusive restaurants. It is a simply cooked cow foot mixed in spicy palm oil paste.
Cow foot (cut into sizeable pieces)
1tablespoon powdered edible potash(Akanwu/kaun/keun)
1teaspoon ground Ehu seeds(Calabar Nutmeg)
2tablespoons ground crayfish
2 habanero peppers(or to your taste)
2big stock cubes
Garnish 1 medium onion and 10 utazi leaves(Gongronema latifolium)
1. Cut the cow foot into medium chunks, put the powered potash into a bowl. And add a small quantity of water(about 4 tablespoons)and stir well.
2. Pass it through a fine sieve and set the liquid aside.
3. Cut 1 onion into 4 big chunks.
4. And pound the pepper with a mortar or blend it.
5.Grind the crayfish
6. Crack the ehu and remove the outer shell, then grind with a dry mill.
1. After that, put the cow foot chunks in a pot.
2. Add your stock cubes and the chunks of onion
3. Add salt, a quantity of water and start cooking at medium heat, until it is well cooked.
Add just enough water to prevent burning as you cook, there shouldn’t be any stock water in the pot when the meat is done.
4. Pour the palm oil into a clean dry pot, while the meat is cooking
5. And pour the potash mixture (sieved) into the oil
6. You’ll notice the palm oil begin to curdle and turn yellow. Stir with a spatula as you mix the potash.
7. Keep stirring until the oil turns yellow.
8. Add the ground crayfish, pepper, and the seeds. Stir very well till they are all incorporated.
9. Once the meat is cooked add salt, stir and cook till the water is dried.
10. Add the cow foot to the palm oil paste and stir very well with the wooden spatula.
11. Put it back on the stove/cooker and heat until the Nkwobi is piping hot, stir continuously to ensure it does not burn.
12. If you want to prepare the garnish, cut the onions into rings and cut the utazi into long thin slices.
13. Nkwobi can be served in a wooden mortar as shown in the image above
14. Sprinkle the slices of utazi and onion rings on top for full effects. Best served with chilled drinks like: palm wine, beer and soft drinks.
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