The African Oil bean seed botanically known as Pentaclethra macrophylla popularly called Ukpaka or Ugba by the Igbos in the Eastern part of Nigeria is a nutrient packed food loaded with essentials vitamins needed for the healthy functioning of the body. Before the African oil bean seed (ukpaka) can be consumed, it must undergo fermentation process to eradicate any unwanted toxins.
In my usual cooking adventure, I decided to experiment with Ukpaka & Unripe plantain 😀
The ingredients I used include; Unripe plantain, Ukpaka, Fluted pumpkin(Ugu leaves), Smoked fish, Onions, Ginger, Garlic, Fresh pepper, Stock cubes and water.
- Cut the unripe plantain as shown above or to your desired size. then wash the unripe plantain with hot water.
- Wash and cut the ugu leaves
- Wash and grind onions, ginger,garlic and fresh pepper.
- Remove the bones from the smoked fish and wash it too.
- Put the washed unripe plantain into a pot ,add some water ,ginger, garlic and onions …allow this to boil for few minutes.
- When the plantain is soft, add the ukpaka & stock cubes, allow it to cook for few seconds then add your ugu leaves and let it simmer for few seconds.
- Now the plantain porridge is ready to be served.
I don’t know if you can perceive the aroma of the ukpaka ,garlic and ginger from your devices this meal is very irresistible and if you are looking to eat healthy, this is a must try for you! After eating this meal, I felt so energised. The meal turned out much more delicious than I envisaged.
Please note that my ingredients above are not conclusive so feel free to add palm oil, crayfish, meat,salt, uziza leaves (I actually planned to use it but remembered when I was eating the meal 😀 ) etc when making yours. Trust me the next time am making this meal I will still prepare it to suit whatever mood am in and ingredients within my reach.
You can also replicate the above recipe with yam. Now you know ukpaka is not for only African salad/ abacha (dried shredded cassava).
What else do you think we can prepare ukpaka with? Biko share your ukpaka tales in the comment section……