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How to Make Ikokore (Water Yam Pottage)

Ikokore is a water yam dish popular among the Ijebus in South West Nigeria. It’s a delicious and nutritious delicacy to try at family gatherings, particular at this time of the year, when water yams (also known as Puerto Rico yams) are in season.



½ medium-sized water yam

1 small smoked fish

2 tablespoons, ground crayfish

1 medum sized tomato

4 medium sized peppers

1 medium sized onion

2 cooking spoons of palm oil

2 MAGGI cubes and salt to taste



  1. First peel, wash and grate the water yam.
  2. Then blend the tomato, peppers and onion into a puree
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil in a pot, adding smoked fish and crayfish,
  4. When boiled, add two spoonfuls of palm oil and MAGGI cubes for taste.
  5. Add some salt to your grated water yam and mix, before gently adding it into the boiling sauce, a spoon at a time.
  6. Cover the pot and leave to cook for 15 minutes. You can also add salt at this time if necessary.


Your dish is ready to serve.



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