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Isi Ewu

A plate of isi ewu

Isi ewu is a popular dish that hails from the southeastern region of Nigeria. It has become a national delicacy, hence you can find it at any restaurant, bar or local joint’s menu.

Isi ewu means ‘goat head’ in Igbo language. Goat head is the main ingredient of this delicacy. Isi ewu is usually served in wooden mortar and garnished with raw Utazi leaves and onions. It is also best enjoyed by using your hand to eat it and washed down with palm wine or cold beer.


  • Goat Head
  • 1/2 cup of palm oil
  • 2 tsp. of Calabash Nutmeg (grounded Uhuru seeds)
  • 1 tbsp. of powdered edible potash (Kaun/Keun/ Akanwu)
  • 2 medium-sized onions
  • 1 handful of Utazi leaves
  • 2-3 scotch bonnet (or to your taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. of goat mix spice
  • 2 seasoning cubes

How To Prepare

  1. Cut the goat. Separate the meat from the particulars i.e the eyes, tongue and ears. Separate the brain and place it in an aluminum foil bag then fold and close it.
  2. Wash the meat properly with iron sponge where it is necessary, use a knife to scrape the top of the tongue especially the top tough skin.
  3. Season the meat with the seasoning cube, salt and chopped onions and place on the burner and cook till done.
  4. Put the edible potash into a bowl, pour in about 4-5 tbsps of water and stir well. Sieve the mixture and the liquid part aside.
  5. Cut the medium-sized onions into big chunks.
  6. Crack, open, and remove the shell of the calabash nutmeg with a dry mill blender.
  7. You can pound the scotch bonnet using a mortar and pestle or you can simply chop the pepper using a knife. Then add it to the boiled meat.
  8. Into another clean pot, pour the edible potash mixture into the palm oil, stir the mixture together till the palm oil turns yellow and thicken. N.B- Don’t add too much potash into the palm oil because it can cause a stomach upset.
  9. Add mashed brain, ehuru seeds, meat stock and the chopped utazi that has been cut to tiny pieces. Stir till it is well incorporated.
  10. Add the cooked meat and continue to stir.
  11. Place the meat mixture back on the burner and heat till it becomes hot. Your tasty Isi ewu is ready.

Watch video for a more visual tutorial on how to prepare Isi Ewu.

Curated from Chowhub.

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