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How to cook Ji Mmiri Oku

How to cook Ji Mmiri Oku

Ji Mmiri Oku is a yam pepper soup specially prepared for new mothers. Making clean the womb and making it contract during pregnancy was believed.


  • 1kg (2.2 lbs) yam (white puna yam)
  • 2 Cameroon peppers
  • 3 cuts dry Mangala fish
  • 1 tablespoon dry cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon uziza seeds (false cubeb)
  • 5 uziza leaves (false cubeb)
  • 5 utazi leaves (gongronema latifolium)
  • 15 pods uda (grains of selim)
  • ½ teaspoon ogiri Igbo (castor seed paste)
  • Salt (to taste)

Before you cook Ji Mmiri Oku

  1. Blend the cameroon peppers, uda, uziza and dry cayenne pepper with a dry mill.
  2. Soak the fish in cool water till soft, clean and debone.
  3. Rinse and slice the uziza leaves and utazi leaves. Keep separatelly.
  4. Peel and cut the yam tuber into half circle and wash with cool water.

Cooking Directions

  1. Put the yam pieces into a pot.
  2. Add the dry spices, deboned fish, ogiri Igbo, salt and pour water to cover the yams and start cooking.
  3. Cook till you can easily drive a knife into the yams.
  4. When that happens, add the uziza leaves and continue cooking.
  5. Finally add the utazi leaves, stir very well and take the pot off the fire.

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