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How to Prepare Agidi or Eko in Nigeria

Agidi is also known as Eko Nigerian Agidi or Eko is Nigeria’s Jello sort of. It is made with corn flour.

The process is very similar to making  Ogi but with a slight difference.White Agidi tastes so good with hot Akara or Pepper Soup while jollof Agidi can go with fried plantain and yam

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Agidi is usually wrapped in Uma leaves (Thaumatococcus Daniellii) It  gives the Agidi a classic look. You can also use plastic containers or even aluminium foil.

How to Prepare Agidi or Eko in Nigeria

Ingredients for White Agidi

  • 1 cup corn flour/starch
  • 700mls of cold water

Steps to Prepare Agidi or Eko in Nigeria

For those in Nigeria, you can make use of corn starch known ad ogi or akamu. For those outside Nigeria you can make use of corn flour. Ensure you are using a good corn flour. I know of a good one which is Maizena. Maizena has a sour taste of ogi making it taste as good as a Nigeria Agidi

Step 1: To get started, mix the starch/flour with the 700mls water (cold water). Add the water bit by bit for a best result free from lumps. If you are using akamu or ogi , add water till you get a good consistency

Step 2: Set the pot on medium heat

Step 3: Stir continuously not just in one direction but in every direction using a wooden spatula

Step 4: As you are constantly stirring the mixture, you will observe thath the corn starch mixture is becoming thick. Keep on stirring, don’t stop so lumps doesn’t form and you wont love that. If you are stirring comntinously and it still notice some lumps forming , that means the heat is too much so reduce it

Step 5: Whern it has completely thickened like pap. Pour water at the side of the agidi . Cover pot and allow to simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes

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Step 6: Then stir to mix the agidi and the water

Step 7: How to check if the agidi is done . put some quantity in cold water, if it sets after cooling down , the agidi has done

Step 8: Transfer to containers to cool down

Step 9: Wrap in uma leaves to get the classic

Step 10: Serve the  agidi goes with Akara or pepper soup

Ingredients for Agidi Jollof

  • 300g of Soft chewable bones a.k.a. Biscuit bones
  • 150g of Corn flour or Akamu/Ogi
  • 200ml Tomato Stew
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • 150ml cold water
  • 1 big stock cube
  • Pepper & Salt to taste
  • 1 onion
  • Hot water

Notes on the ingredients

  • Biscuit bones are soft chewable bones from beef
  • Tomato stew  is tomatoes puree that has been fried in oil to get rid of excess water or sour taste
  • Fresh habanero/scotch bonnet pepper adds flavor to meal. An alternative is the dry grinded cayenne pepper.


Step 1: Wash the uma leaves thouroughly and set aside

Step 2: Cut the onion into chunks

Step 3: Pound the fresh habanero/scotch bonnet peppers.

Step 4: Cook the soft bone with the chunks of onion, stock cube and water just at the same level with the bone

Step 5: When done, pick out the chunk of onions and add salt to taste

Step 6: Add the tomatoes stew , curry powder and pepper and stir

Step 7: Cover the pot, allow to simmer and set aside

Step 8: Next is to mix the corn starch/flour. Mix with 200mls of cold water in a pot. As earlier stated make sure the water is added bit by bit to get the best mixture free of lumps. This should be done off heat

Step 9: Next is to boil some water

Step 10: Then pour the hot water into the corn starch mix , stirring till it becomes thick

Step 11: Then place pot on heat(low heat)

Step 12: Keep stirring until agidi is completely solid

Step 13: Add some quantity of the stew to give the agidi a reddish look. Do not add the bones at this point

Step 14: Mix well for a perfect blending of the stew and agidi, giving it an even red colour

Step 15: Add some drops of water to the mix, cover and allow to simmer

Step 16: Then mix again to combine the agidi and the water

Step 17: Then wrap up the agidi using the uma leaves

Step 18: Allow to cool down

Step 19: Your yummy Jollof agidi is ready and is to be served with a chilled soft drink

That’s it on how to prepare agidi. If you like these lessons, kindly share it and link to us. Thanks for sharing.

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