How to Make Agidi or Eko
Nigerian Agidi or Eko is Nigeria's Jello sort of. It is made with corn flour. The process is very similar to how to make Ogi but with a slight difference.
What you will need to make Agidi or Eko
- 1 cup corn flour (corn starch)
- 700mls (approx. 25 fl. oz. ) cold water
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If you are in Nigeria you should be able to buy the wet corn starch known as Ogi or Akamu. If you are outside Nigerian then you should be using corn flour. Ensure that the corn flour you buy is very fine. In Europe I can buy the corn flour known as Maizena. I love it because it is very fine and has the sour taste of Ogi or Akamu. This makes it taste as good as the Agidi that is made in Nigeria.
- Mix the corn starch/flour with the 700 mls of cold water in a pot. Please add water bit by bit because that's the best way to get a good mixture without lumps. If you are using Akamu or Ogi, add water till you get the consistency shown in the video below.
- Place the pot on the stove and set the heating to medium low.
- Stir continuously with a wooden spatula. You don't have to stir in one direction. Just make sure you are constantly stirring the mixture.
- After some time, you will notice the corn starch mixture begin to thicken. Continue stirring because if you stop, lumps will form and you do not want that. If you are stirring continously and lumps are still forming, it means the heat is too much so reduce the heat.
- When it has completely thickened like Custard, pour some water to the sides of the Agidi, cover the pot and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes on medium heat.
- Stir well to mix the Agidi with the water.
- To check that the Agidi is done, put a small quantity into some cold water. If it sets after cooling down then the Agidi is done.
- Transfer to containers and leave to cool down completely at room temperature.
- You should wrap them with Uma leaves to get the classic Agidi shape. Watch me wrap mine in the video below. lol!