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Isi ewu is an African food from the eastern part of Nigeria. It literally means Head (Isi) of Goat (Ewu) in Igbo language. Hence, it is prepared with a whole goat head and it is one of the delicious delicacies from the eastern part of Nigeria. Isi Ewu is an African food that is quite easy to prepare. Try our simplified recipe on Isi Ewu out today.



1 Goat Head                                                                                                                                                                                150ml Red Palm Oil

Oil                                                                                                                                                                                    2 teaspoons Edu Seed(Calabash Nutmeg)                                                                                                                 2 teaspoons Powdered Edible Potash(Kaun/Keun)                                                                                                2 Cube Seasoning (Jumbo Chicken Stock Powder)

3 Medium Onions

20 Utazi Leaves (Gongronema Latifolium)

2 Habanero Peppers (or to your taste)

Salt(to taste)

Before cooking

Ground Edu seed is needed. Cut the goats head into pieces but make sure the essential parts (ear, tongue) are whole cuts and not in pieces, likewise the brain should be remove and put in an aluminum foil bag. Wash the goat head with sponge (iron sponge and foam) where needed and use knife where necessary to scrap off the tough parts.

Wash thoroughly all corners of the goat head. Put the powdered Potash in a bowl and add half a cup of water and stir well, sieve and place aside. Pound the pepper with a mortar and cut 2 Medium onions into 4 big chunks and slice the remain onions into tiny slices, crack the Edu and remove the outer part and grind the inner part.

Cooking Steps

Use a bigger cooking pot to cook the goat head (with the brain) with the big chunks of onion, 2 Cubes Seasoning and add water, just a little water is needed, you can top up the water as needed— the key is to avoid having stock in the pot. Cover for 10 minutes.

While the meat is cooking, pour the sliced onion and cut half of the Utazi into thin slices and the other half into tiny pieces .when the meat is done remove the chunks onion and take out the brain and mash it up till smooth, add salt to taste, stir and cook till the water is dried. Place aside to cool down.

Take up another clean cooking pot and pour the palm oil inside, add the sieved potash mixture into the palm oil and stir with a wooden spatula as you are pouring the potash. As you stir, the palm oil will begin to curdle and turn yellow, keep stirring until all the oil has turned yellow. You might want to go easy on the potash use because too much of it might upset your stomach.

Now add the pepper, the mashed goat brain, ground Edu seeds and the Utazi that has been cut into tiny pieces and stir all together. Add the goat head to the Palm oil paste and stir with the wooden spatula, put it back on the gas cooker and regulate the heat until the Isi Ewu is piping hot. Isi Ewu is an African food that is best served piping hot. Now your Isi Ewu is done serve and add the left small pieces of utazi and the onion. Grab a chilled drink and enjoy.

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