Recipe Of The Week: Edikaikong

It’s another beautiful week for our Lagosmums, and we bring you another beautiful recipe to cook for your loved ones. This week we are looking at a south-eastern dish made popular by the Efiks, Edikaikong soup is a healthy choice made with fluted pumpkin leaves. The easy to follow recipe is courtesy of


3 bunches of chopped pumpkin leaves (Ugwu)

1 bunch of water leaves

1kg (beef/kpomo/shaki/goat meat)

2 tablespoons crayfish

Smoked Fish

Stock Fish (optional)

Shrimps (optional)

1/2 cup Mamador Virgin Palm Oil

2 medium onions

1 cup of Periwinkles (optional)

Other meats of your choice can be added – beef, ponmo, tripe, shaki or goat meat

2 Seasoning cubes


Salt to taste


In a medium sized covered pot, add the meats (beef, ponmo, tripe, shaki or goat meat) and boil with salt, water, seasoning cubes, and onions. Cook all meats until tender and there is little to no water left in the pot for 30-40 mins. Just before the meat is tender, add shredded smoked fish

Once the water is dry, add the crayfish, periwinkles, pepper and 2 drops of Mamador virgin palm oil and stir into the meat. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the Waterleaves, stir and cook for another 3 minutes.

Add the pumpkin leaves (Ugwu) and cook for 5 more minutes. Check for seasoning and add more salt if needed. Stir often so it does not get burnt. Note – Do not add water.

Serve with Pounded Yam, Garri, Semolina or any other swallow of your choice – that’s it! Enjoy.

If you do try out the recipe do let us know how it turned out or better yet send pictures of yourself enjoying your meal. For other recipes be sure to check out the Recipe section ranging from easy to make to more elaborate meals for the family. [Read: Recipes]


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