No i don’t mean the popular comedy film staring osita and chinedu, i mean the food from which the name of the movie was gotten. These days once aki na ukwa is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the movie but in reality, the name goes way beyond the movie. Aki (palm kernel nut) na ukwa (roasted breadfruit) is a popular snack of jaw breaking palm kernel seeds and roasted breadfruit which originates from the eastern part of Nigeria. It’s really tasty and valued by most people who eat it. Around this time of the year, this snack is sold at a very expensive rate. A cup of raw ukwa cold go for as much as 500 naira while the roasted snack is sold more expensive. To get the aki, simply reserve palm kernel nuts after extracting the oil for recipes like banga soup, ofe aku or abak atama.
Aki na ukwa
• Ukwa ( raw shelled) – as much as you can eat
• Fresh palm kernels – as much as you can eat
Step 1: Boil the palm kernels and pound to extract the oil. Set the oil aside for use in other recipes, what you need is the nut. With a hammer, break the nuts to remove the kernel seeds (Aki).
Step 2: In an empty pan on medium heat, dry roast the Ukwa by stir frying till it turns golden brown on the inside. You can check by peeling the skin of one. Set aside to cool then peel off the skin by rubbing the pan roasted ukwa between your palms and blowing off the chaff
Serve the aki and ukwa together as a snack
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