Cook time: 1hr 15mins
Step 2: Prepare the akaun by pounding to a fine powder. Pour the akaun powder into ½ cup of water and stir thoroughly to dissolve – set aside. Potash is used in the preparation of this meal to cut the cooking time short. This is because, breadfruit (Ukwa) takes a very long time to soften and the addition of potash which acts as a tenderizer to soften the ukwa faster. If you’ve got enough time and Gas, you could skip the addition of potash.
Step 3: Wash severally to remove dirt and sand and place in a medium sized pot. Add 3 cups of water (Just enough to cover the content of the pot) and leave to boil for 30mins.
Step 4: Stir the potash and water mixture once more and pour into the boiling pot of Ukwa making sure you don’t pour in the residue which should be discarded.
Step 5: Add some more water just enough to cover the ukwa in the pot if needed and leave to Boil and soften for another 10 mins. At this stage, Add the Chopped Onion, Scotch bonnet, Dried prawns “Okporo” (With the head removed), salt to taste and seasoning cubes – Leave to boil for 10mins.
Step 6: Add the crayfish and palmoil – Stir and leave to boil together till the liquid in the pot evaporates.
Stir in your sweet corn and serve.
• A better alternative to Potash “Akaun” preferred by the igbos is known as “Ngu” pronounced “Ngooo”. It’s a form of ash gotten from burning palm fronds and it acts as a food tenderizer when preparing Ukwa. But since it’s mostly found in the villages and quite rare to find in the cities, potash “Akaun” is mostly used.
• You can use either dried fish or dried prawns in the preparation of this dish.
• The addition of Akaun helps in softening the ukwa faster. I’ve cooked this meal once before without the addition of the tenderizer for almost 5 hours and it still didn’t soften till the addition of akaun. You should use very little though.
• In a 100g serving or 3.5oz, ukwa is composed of about 10% fat primarily unsaturated fat (the good fat), 12-15% protein, 25% carbohydrates with 2% fiber. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene, vitamin c, and folic acid (folate). With only about 240 kcal in this serving amount, it is a good option for individuals with diabetes.