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Ukodo is a yam and unripe plantain dish of the Urhobo people of Nigeria. [1] The Itsekiri people of the Niger Delta also make a similar dish called Epuru. It is essentially a pottage, a stew of meat and vegetable with its base as the Nigerian pepper soup.

It is sometimes cooked with lemon grass and potash.[2]

It is usually used for marriage and burial ceremonies or as breakfast, particularly during the cold season. [3]

A poem by the Nigerian Chovwe Inisiagho-Ogbe describes both the ingredients and the process of cooking Ukodo in a light-hearted way.[2]


  1. ^ Nigerian Urhobo Ukodo (pepper soup Yam pottage) 18 May 2013 Sapele Honey
  2. ^ a b Peter Palmer Ekeh (January 2005). Studies in Urhobo Culture. Urhobo Historical Society. pp. 496–. ISBN 978-978-067-769-5.
  3. ^ T. K. Lim (2 February 2016). Edible Medicinal and Non-Medicinal Plants: Volume 10, Modified Stems, Roots, Bulbs. Springer. pp. 293–. ISBN 978-94-017-7276-1.