How to Make Cocoyam Paste (Ede Ofe) in a Blender Without a Mortar

make Cocoyam Paste (Ede Ofe) Without a Mortar
Cocoyam Paste (Ede Ofe) made in a blender

Cocoyam (Ede Ofe) paste is usually made by pounding boiled cocoyam in a mortar, but in the absence of a mortar, you can also prepare it in a blender, just like I did in my varsity days..

Cocoyam  is a nutritious and healthy food,that is either eaten boiled, steamed or made into paste and used as soup thickeners.

The two common types of cocoyams in Nigeria are ”Colocasia esculenta” & ”Xanthosoma sagittifolium root ”
Although these two varieties are edible, Xanthosoma sagittifolium root ”, is usually boiled , roasted, steamed and sometimes pounded to make fufu meals while ”Colocasia esculenta”(cocoyam/ede ofe) is used mostly in Nigeria to thicken soups and some species are known to itch the skin. This is the type we will be using to make this paste.

When made into paste, ”Colocasia esculenta”(cocoyam/ede ofe) is  used for adding viscosity  to Nigerian soups, such as  Bitter leaf soup(ofe onugbu), Nsala soup(White soup), Oha/Ora Soup, Ofe Owerri and a lot more.
Cocoyam (Ede Ofe) is also known as ”taro” or ” eddoe”.

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Ingredients&Material used
* 10 medium Cocoyam corms (Colocasia esculenta)
*  Hot water(enough to move the blender blades)
* A blender

* Wash the cocoyam corms and place in a pot

* Add enough water to cover the cocoyams and leave to boil until soft

*  The cocoyam corms are ready for blending , when the skin peels off easily

* Now take out the boiled cocoyams from the pot. Peel off the skin and place in a blender

* Add a little hot water to the blender, enough to move the blades, and blend until smooth; and your  Cocoyam Paste (Ede Ofe) is ready for use.

If working with a larger quantity of cocoyams, blend in batches to avoid formation of lumps.You can make in advance and store in the freezer for later use.

 by Nky Lily Lete


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    July 30, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Can you blend normal yam as well ?

  2. Mabel
    February 17, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Thanks a million dear

  3. Enobong
    November 11, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Hello Nky… This is beautiful. I think you should research more on the different delicacies you can use cocoyam for. You should not limit yourself to the delicacies in the western or eastern part of Nigeria. Have you checked the southern part of the country? We like cocoyam. Have you heard of Ekpang nkukwo? just like Edikang Ikong soup, the efiks so much adore this food. its a mixture of cocoyam and water yam.. its a very delicious meal. I will like you to try it out. And thanks. you are doing a great job here..

  4. Iryn F
    January 2, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    What kind of blender did you use please?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 9, 2016 / 8:45 pm

      Any good blender or food processor will do the job.

  5. Iryn F
    January 2, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    What kind of blender did you use please? Iryn

  6. Unknown
    January 2, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    What kind of blender did you use please? Iryn

  7. Chukwuemeka Okoro
    December 7, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    U are a genius dear. Thanks for dis

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 29, 2015 / 5:13 pm

      You're welcome Chukwuemeka 🙂

  8. cathy
    December 5, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    Lovely write helpful

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 29, 2015 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks, glad to be of help 🙂

  9. cathy
    December 5, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Lovely write up..was so helpful

  10. Unknown
    November 15, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    Please I'd like to know if the cocoyam is white or red used for soap thickener.

  11. ursula njideka
    October 24, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    Thank you very much for making everything easy for me

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 29, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      You're welcome Njideka 🙂

  12. modupe
    October 24, 2015 / 10:01 am

    Was just wandering if i should blend the ede raw or cooked. Kai God bless you

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 24, 2015 / 11:14 am

      Modupe dear,please kindly read the steps, it's well explained there 🙂

  13. modupe
    October 24, 2015 / 9:59 am

    I was just wondering what to do with my ede without a motar and pistle. Kai GOD bless you.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 29, 2015 / 5:08 pm

      You're welcome Modupe 🙂

  14. Anonymous
    April 1, 2015 / 6:12 am

    Thanks, work made easy

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 1, 2015 / 9:44 am

      you're welcome.

  15. Anonymous
    February 23, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    How do i make it without blender

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 1, 2015 / 9:25 am

      use a mortar and pestle.

  16. Anonymous
    October 22, 2014 / 4:11 pm

    Tried it and loved it

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 23, 2014 / 11:53 am

      I'm glad you did 🙂

  17. Anonymous
    September 5, 2014 / 7:22 am

    Brilliant, tnx

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 10, 2014 / 9:47 am

      You're welcome 🙂

  18. Bakare Motunrayo
    August 15, 2014 / 2:26 pm

    God bless you

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 18, 2014 / 1:49 pm

      And you too 🙂

  19. Anonymous
    April 12, 2014 / 5:53 am

    Cool. I always thought this possible. Thank you for sharing how possible it is

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 13, 2014 / 8:22 pm

      You're welcome 🙂

  20. Anonymous
    January 9, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    This is genius.. thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 4, 2014 / 4:07 pm

      Thanks dear 🙂

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