3 Traditional Meals To Spice Up Your Christmas Celebrations

Posted on January 6, 2020 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

As we celebrate the beautiful season of Christmas with family and friends, there are a lot of things to consider; where are we spending Christmas, what events are we attending to end the year, are there any Christmas Carols happening. One question however that we do not ask is, “what food are we eating on Christmas day?” and that’s because Christmas Food is usually a template. A hot plate of tasty Jollof Rice, Fried Rice or Coconut Rice with some golden brown fried plantains, a side of vegetables crowned with your choice of protein, a common favourite is chicken (but with the scarcity, it might just be fish). How about spicing up your Christmas by replacing the “Christmas Food Template” with 5 of Naija’s best traditional dishes. 



Nkwobi is a Nigerian delicacy that is usually ordered and enjoyed in exclusive restaurants but having Nkwobi on your Christmas day menu is a plate of Nkwobi would definitely make every member of the family’s mouth water. 




  • Ehu/Ehuru seeds – calabash nutmeg
  • 3 – 4 tbs of Ugba – oil bean
  • 1 tbs of Cameroon Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of ground crayfish
  • 2 – 3 cooking spoons of Palm oil
  • 2 big handfuls of chopped boiled cowleg
  • Potash/Native Salt – akaun, kaun, uhieru
  • Chopped Utazi to garnish 


Step 1: Heat up the ehuru seeds in an empty pot for a few minutes. Crack the shell of the ehuru, extract the seeds and grind seeds to a powder.


Step 2: Rinse the ugba and boil in salted water for 3 – 5 minutes, pound the potash to a powder and then mix with water to form a solution.


Step 3: Pour the palm oil into a pot and sieve in the potash and water solution. As you are poring the potash solution into the palm oil, stir with your other hand and notice the palm oil curdle and change colour to a pleasant shade of orange. 


Step 4: Add the ground seasonings and stir;  ground crayfish, ground Cameroon Pepper and Ground Ehuru. This forms what the Igbo’s call Ngo Sauce. Add the chopped cow leg to this mixture and stir


Step 5: Strain out the Ugba from the pot of water you boiled it in and add to the pot. Stir properly to combine.


Step 7: Place the pot on medium heat to warm the entire thing through. Taste and re-season if needed. I added a little salt, just to pump up the flavour. Once it warms through, that’s your Nkwobi served.

If you have the traditional wooden bowl, all the better for you. Re-create the Mama Ifeanyi joint experience in your own home. Serve with a chilled beverage to complete the experience. 


Tuwo Shinkafa 

Tuwo Shinkafa is a northern Nigerian fufu recipe that is prepared with the soft rice variety. It is usually served with Northern Nigerian soups: Miyan Kuka, Miyan Taushe etc. It also goes well with other Nigerian soups.



  • Short/Medium grain soft rice
  • Water (enough quantity to cook the rice till very soft and sticky)



  • Before you make the Tuwo Shinkafa, rinse the rice in cold water and put in a sizeable pot.
  • Pour just enough water to cover the rice and start cooking at medium heat. When the first dose of water dries up, check the rice by mashing it between your fingers.


  • Reduce the heat to low, add a little bit more water and continue cooking till the water dries. Repeat the process till the rice is so soft that it melts when you press on it.
  • Once you’re happy, mash the rice with a wooden spatula by moving the rice in small quantities from the far end of the pot to your side of the pot.
  • Fold the mound of tuwo and repeat till all the rice grains have turned into a mass of tuwo.
  • Cover and leave it to steam for about 2 minutes.
  • Mix thoroughly and dish serving quantities onto a thin plastic film and wrap them up. This wrapping prevents the tuwo from drying up.


Fish Pepper Soup

Fish pepper soup is one meal that is enjoyed by people all around the country. It is simple, quick and perfect for the harmattan that accompanies most parts of the country during the holiday season. 

Pepper Soup is said to have a lot of medicinal benefits but it is mostly the taste and smell that would bring every family member to the dining table. It also has ingredients you can get in most markets and a recipe that takes just about 20 minutes.


Christmas should be a time to bond with family and friends over food. Of course, if you decide to enjoy the signature Jollof Rice and Chicken, here is a recipe to help you prepare the tastiest and healthiest Christmas Jollof Rice.  For more tasty recipes, check out the Mamador Cookbook. 

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