How to Make Nkwobi : Nigerian Spicy Cow Foot

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Nkwobi , Nigerian Spicy cow foot

Nkwobi is a traditional eastern Nigerian delicacy which is served mostly at restaurants, special social events and usually enjoyed by all.  

It is prepared with cooked de-hoofed cow foot(popularly known as ”cow leg”), palm oil  and a mix spices.

 I love nkwobi , but don’t wait for festive days to prepare it.
Here’s how I prepare mine and trust, you’ll enjoy it.

 Nkwobi Ingredients 
– 1kg cow foot (cut into bite-able sizes)
– 100ml Palm Oil
– 1 teaspoon ground  Calabash Nutmeg (Ehu /ehuru seeds)
– 1 teaspoon ground edible potash (Akanwu/Kaun)
– 2 tablespoons ground crayfish

– Ground Scotch bonnet/atarado peppers or ground dried pepper (to taste)
– 1 medium onion for cooking the cow foot
– 2  stock cubes
– Salt to taste
For  garnishing the Nkwobi, you need :
– 1 medium onion bulb (cut into rings)
– 5 Utazi leaves (you can make use of spinach or washed bitter leaf as an alternative)

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Nkwobi cooking directions

If you haven’t done this already, de-hoof(remove the hoof of) the cow foot, cut the meat into bite size chunks, and wash thoroughly.

1. Place the cow foot pieces into a pot, pour in a little water, just enough to cook the meat. Add chopped onions, stock cubes and any meat spice of choice, and leave to cook until done.

2.  While the meat is cooking, pound the potash into powder and add a little water in it to dissolve it. Stir continuously,strain it with a sieve, and set the potash liquid aside  for later use.
If you’ll rather make use of the meat stock, then mix the powdered potash with a little of the stock left after cooking the meat.

3. Pour the red palm oil into a clean pot , and add the potash liquid into the oil .Stir the mixture continuously until the  red palm oil begins to thicken and changes from red to yellow.

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4. Now add the  ground pepper, ground crayfish , ground ehuru and a little stock cube.Stir all this ingredients into the oil .

5. Next, add the cooked cow foot into the palm oil mixture and mix thoroughly , until you get all the meat covered in the oil.

6. Place the pot on heat and simmer . Stir continuously to prevent burning and put of the heat , when the meat is well  heated. You’ll notice the palm oil gravy, bubbling in the pot.

7. Now transfer  the meat into a plate or the small traditional wooden mortar… if you don’t have the mortar,you can make use of brown ceramic bowls to get the traditional effect.

8. And finally, garnish with the sliced onion rings and thinly sliced Utazi or spinach leaves

To have this meal ready in 15 minutes, you can plan ahead and cook the cow foot overnight and store in the fridge. Then continue the next morning from step 2.

Nkwobi is usually served with Palm wine, but in the absence of that, a chilled drink would do just fine. Enjoy!

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By Nky Lily Lete


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  1. crownladiva
    September 6, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    I tried it for my man and he loved it. o nice. thank you.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 27, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      You are welcome Crownladiva

  2. Anonymous
    August 24, 2016 / 9:44 am

    I will try it by will be delicious

  3. Unknown
    February 2, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Im in the us and not sure where to get ehu

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 23, 2016 / 3:13 pm

      Most Nigerian owned African stores in the US,will have it .

  4. Yemisi Craig
    March 26, 2015 / 8:18 am

    I'm gonna do this on sat, election day, just after voting. Cant wait. Thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 2, 2015 / 12:08 pm

      you're welcome dearie.

  5. chinonso enimola
    December 7, 2014 / 7:00 am

    Nky pls is der no recipe for ishie ewu

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 9, 2014 / 11:37 am

      I will post it this week my dear . How did the nkwobi come out?

  6. chinonso enimola
    December 4, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    Wow I will be making this recipe on Saturday can't wait to try it

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 6, 2014 / 2:02 pm

      You will love it dearie, send me pics oo 🙂

  7. Anonymous
    July 10, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    Tnx for this. I just tried it and it turned out well and yummy. Bless ur dear heart.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 10, 2014 / 3:50 pm

      Thanks Luv 🙂

  8. Anonymous
    May 13, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    Tanks alot

    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 7, 2014 / 11:34 am

      You're welcome 🙂

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2015 / 11:32 am

      Going to try it straight away lol.thanks a lot

  9. Anonymous
    May 13, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    Tanks alot

  10. Blessing Godwin
    January 3, 2014 / 9:21 am

    thanks for this

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 22, 2014 / 9:33 pm

      You're welcome dear 🙂

  11. Blessing Godwin
    January 3, 2014 / 9:20 am

    thanks for this

  12. Anonymous
    November 28, 2013 / 2:09 am


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