One of the many foods native to the Ogun people of Southwest Nigeria is Ikokore. This sumptuous delicacy belongs to the Ijebu people of the Southwestern state of Nigeria.
If Ikokore also known as Ifokore is left out of your ‘Owambe’ menu especially if you’re a native of Ogun State, then you have to get back to the kitchen.
This sumptuous delicacy is a pottage/porridge recipe that has water yam as its main ingredient. It has similarities with Akwa Ibom’s ‘Ekpang Nkukwo’ delicacy.
If you’ve never tried this Ijebu-made food, then you can give it a try with the recipe below;
The ingredients for preparing Ikokore include Water yam, Palm Oil, Chicken or Beef Stock/Water, Shombo/Tatashe or dry ground pepper, Smoked Fish (Eja Kika) or Shawa (Bonga fish), Shredded Dried Fish (Panla), Shaki, Ponmo, Crayfish, Locust Bean and Seasoning.
Step 1: Blend your water yam till almost smooth.
Step 2: Add Seasoning or Salt, Crayfish and mix together. Then set aside.
Step 3: Blend the Shombo/Tatashe and Scotch Bonnet until smooth and set aside.
If you’re using just Scotch Bonnet, just blend it on its own.
Step 4: Heat your pot and when it’s hot, add the palm oil, then the Locust Beans.
Step 5: Add the blended pepper, then your seasoning and salt to taste.
Step 6: Stir every now and then to prevent burning.
Step 7: Add the Chicken /Beef Stock if you’re using any, if you haven’t got Stock, just add water, continue to cook for 2 minutes.
Step 7: Now scoop the grated yam into the stew, in both big and small lumps. The small lumps will dissolve in the stew, forming a mushy type consistency while the bigger lumps will create the lumpy Ikokore consistency.
Do not stir, leave the contents to boil for 8-10 minutes on low heat.
Step 8: Stir a bit using a wooden spoon. Stir and break up clumps if you find it too clumpy or leave as it is. Now, taste for salt and seasoning.
Step 9: Add your already cooked fish and everything meaty.
Leave to simmer for 3 – 5 minutes and it’s ready…
Your Ikokore is ready to be served thereafter with your favourite drink. You cannot but ask for more when you taste this Ijebu made delicacy.
Make it a point of duty to prepare this yummy delicacy for your next ‘Owambe’ party. It will definitely be an awesome one if you do.