Cameroon Food: Eru (Ukazi)

This Cameroon food: Eru (Ukazi) Afang is enjoyed by close to 80% of Cameroonians and Nigerians. Because It’s a nutrient dense fibrous vine that grows wild in the forest. Therefore waterleaf is added to soften the fibrous leaves. Waterleaf itself is also loaded with great minerals and antioxidants.

Mind you that this recipe is a little unconventional. I do not eat shell fish so I’m using dried pollock instead of crey fish.

Eru leaves Ukazi


Serves 6

  1. 6 cups eru leaves soaked in hot water for about 15mins and rinsed thoroughly first.
  2. 2 lbs cut and washed waterleaf or thawed then drained frozen spinach
  3. 2 lbs assorted meats (smoked turkey, goat, lamb, tripe and cow skin)
  4. 3 cups palm oil. Maybe more or less depending on personal preference.
  5. 3 piece cubes seasoning
    1 small red onion chopped (But this is optional. You could use less if you like also)
  6. 2 1/2 cup dried pollock (I don’t eat shell fish so this is a clean fish substitute for cray fish)
  7. 3 hot pepper of choice (habanero, red or green hot peppers)
  8. 3 piece dry Herring (Plus you can use more or less of this as well)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Spinach and pepper


First boil your assorted meats with salt, seasoning cubes and pepper until tender. Consequently, this takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on your choice of meats.

Eru assorted meats

Now that your meat is completely done and tender add your dry herring and waterleaf. But Leave the pot open so that the waterleaf does not lose it’s color. Then cook for 5 mins.

After which add eru and cook for another 5 minutes. And Stir well to blend flavors.

soaked eru leaves
Next, add Polluck, palm oil, salt and pepper to desired taste. Finally, Stir well and cook for an additional 10mins.
Cameroon food, Eru

Serve hot with water fufu (cooked fermented cassava paste). Besides, eru/ukazi/afang Can also be served with red or white gari also.

water fufu and eru ukazi afang

  1. And by the way if I have left overs I so don’t mind it over rice. But I  add a little more water when I heat it up to get my eru/ukazi/afang soupier and run over the rice. I actually kinda like it over rice so I make sure I save left overs intentionally :).
    Bon Appetit!!
    Cameroon food eru ukazi
    How about you. How do you like your eru?


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