How to make Efik’s Iwuk Edesi meal
This is also generally known across Nigeria as the native jollof rice.
There are many variations to the Iwuk Edesi depending on the tribe that is preparing the native jollof rice but we are focusing on the Efik people’s angle to it.
It is made using palm oil and you can use either smoked fish to make it more of a traditional meal or go for plain fried chicken and any protein.
2 cups of Rice
2 cooking spoons of Palm oil
1 medium-sized Smoked Fish
1 cup Dried Shrimp / 1 tablespoon of crayfish powder
1 Medium bulb of Onions
2 medium tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
2 scotch bonnet peppers
1/2 small bunch of spinach
A handful of chopped scent leaves
- Wash the rice and parboil it.
- Blend the tomatoes and peppers then boil to remove the excess water.
- Chop your onions and vegetables and set them aside.
- Heat up the palm oil and fry the onions and blended pepper mix.
- Season with salt and any seasoning of your choice. You could also use leftover stock to season it if you have.
- Add your rice to the pot and stir. Reduce the burner to very low heat so the rice can cook properly. if you need to add a little water, you should but make sure it is very little so the rice isn’t soaking in water.
- Wash the smoked fish and add to the pot of rice as it’s cooking along with the dried shrimps if you have or crayfish powder.
- Once the rice is soft, increase the heat and add the chopped vegetables. Stir in and allow to simmer for one minute.
Your delicious Iwuk Edesi is ready! Serve it slightly warm so the flavours can really come out.