Recipe for Achicha

recipe for achicha

Recipe for Achicha

Achicha is a traditional Igbo dish from Eastern Nigeria, made with dried cocoyam flakes and various vegetables. Here is a detailed recipe for Achicha with fio-fio (pigeon peas):

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fio-fio (pigeon peas)
  • 3 cups achicha (cocoyam) smashed
  • 5 milk cups of red oil
  • 3 handfuls of scent leaf
  • 5 big balls of onions
  • 3 scotch bonnet peppers
  • 2 seasoning cubes
  • Salt
  • Optional: crayfish, seasoning cubes, and dry fish

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Fio-Fio
    • Wash the fio-fio and soak in water for 30 minutes.
    • Drain the water and wash the fio-fio again.
    • Cook the fio-fio in a pot with water until it is soft.
  2. Prepare the Achicha
    • Rinse the achicha and soak in water overnight.
    • Rinse the achicha again and crush it into pieces.
  3. Cook the Achicha
    • Wrap the crushed achicha in uma leaves, banana leaves, or aluminum foil and cook in a pot with water for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Prepare the Vegetables
    • Rinse and chop the following ingredients:
      • Green amaranth or ugu or spinach
      • Scent leaves
      • Onions
      • Peppers
  5. Cook the Achicha with Vegetables
    • In a clean dry pot, heat the red palm oil.
    • Fry the onions for 3 minutes.
    • Add the ukpaka and pepper and fry for another 3 minutes.
    • Add the chopped leafy vegetables and stir until they heat up.
  6. Combine and Season
    • Add the cooked achicha to the pot and stir well.
    • Add salt to taste.
    • Stir very well and it’s done!

Notes

  • Achicha can be served with Okazi (ukazi, afang) salad, steamed green amaranth, or steamed ugu.
  • It can also be made with green amaranth, ugu, or scent leaves.
  • The size of the achicha pieces is a matter of personal preference.
  • Soaking the fio-fio is optional to reduce cooking time and remove antinutrients.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, you can watch the video tutorial on YouTube titled “How to cook Achicha with fio fio (Igbo Traditional Food). Cocoyam Flakes” (duration: 7:51 minutes)

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