Agidi white is served with stew in Nigeria.

This is one of those foods you admire and would love to make but can’t yet figure out whether it is actually made from corn or from yam. lol.

Hopefully, this recipe will answer every question you have about this food making agidi white.

Agidi is called eko in Yoruba and corn meal in English.

I love to serve Agidi with beans and tomato stew. In Igboland, it is often served with banga stew. I have also seen a combination of agidi and akara or moi moi. This is how I serve Agidi.
Agidi or Eko

This is not difficult at all, all you would need is just corn, chiffon cloth, bowls and lots of water. I hear you can also make agidi with store-bought corn starch but I haven’t tried that yet.

This is the age-old recipe that shows you how to make corn meal from the scratch, the same way they make the ones you buy from the street corners or mama Ugochukwu (as in my case)

Ingredients | Serving: 6
8 cups of corn
Chiffon cloth
Lots of clean water
Uma leaves
Preparation Time : 2 Hours.

Uma leaves are used for wrapping agidi or moi moi in Nigeria but you don’t need it if you are making agidi for your family. Just pour into plate and allow to cool.

The chiffon cloth is tied over the big bowl and used to separate the chaff from the starch.

You can only use the dried corn for agidi and pap. You cannot use newly harvested corn because it will not turn out right. Soak the corn in water for 24 hours.

How To Make Agidi

Step 1

Wash the corn and transfer into a cooking pot, add water to cover them and set on heat. Stir occasional and turn off the heat when it is about to boil.

Step 2

Drain the water and take the corn to the grinding mill, There are lots of places to grind agidi corn in Nigeria for a very little amount of money. You may not use a blender.

Grind the corn and rinse it.
How to make agidi

Step 3

Drape the chiffon cloth over a big bowl and tie it up. Scoop in some ground corn in handful portions and tart rubbing it on the surface while adding water. At some point you will feel just the chaff. Remove it and scoop in more ground corn.

At the point when your hand can feel the water in the bowl from the top of the chiffon cloth, stop adding water and just rinse the ground corn.

Once ground corn is mixed with enough water, the starch will escape into the bowl as you keep robbing on them while the chaff is left on the surface. This should be easy.
washing agidi

Step 4

Remove the chiffon cloth once you are done and allow the starch in the bowl to sit for up to 3 hours.

After three hours, the starch should have settled at the bottom of the bowl and water on top. Decant – pour out the clear water and stir what is left with a wooden turner. It should not be as thick as dissolved pap or custard and it shouldn’t be too watery either.

How To Make Agidi (eko)

It should be about 2 litters (2000ml) if you used 8 cups of corn. Pour into a pot, set on heat and start stirring with a wooden turner. The heat shouldn’t be too much, if it is forming solid crumbs, then the heat is too much. Reduce it a little.
Making ekoStep 5

Continue stirring until it looks like prepared pap but maybe a little thicker. This should take about 15 minutes before you get to this point. Pour into smaller plates or use a leave to wrap. My video shows you how to use the leaves and gives you a visual version of how to make agidi or eko the Nigerian way.
Allow 1-3 hours for the agidi to cool and solidify. Serve with boiled beans and tomato stew. I love it that way. You can also serve with moi moi or akara.

That is how to make Agidi white, the Yorubas call it eko. I would like to read your comments below. Go from Agidi to Other Foods, thanks for your time and have wonderful day ahead. Don’t forget to tell me how your agidi (eko) turned out.

Agidi or Eko

Here is the video that give you a visual picture of all I have said above. This video shows you how to preapare agidi in Nigeria.



Wow that’s a good one what I have been looking for since

December 26, 2022


August 7, 2022
Orji tvc

Tnx alot. The article was realy helpful. Pls can i eat it with zobo.

June 24, 2022

5 stars
Wow thanks so much for long time i have been searching for how to make agidi with dried corn and not the starch i used to make with which is not giving me the real agidi taste i know as a Nigerian living abroad.
Am going to give it a trial

November 24, 2020

5 stars
Tnx a lot for the agidi recipes, I am definitely going to try it.

October 21, 2020

Exactly what I’ve been looking for. Not these ones that only teach how to use akamu(ogi) to make agidi(Eko). This is so original and wonderful. Thanks a lot

August 16, 2019

this is the original recipe i have been looking for.

December 19, 2018

Thanks a lot this is what i’ve been looking for because i don’t like this method of using pap or corn starch the taste are not the same, i will try it tomorrow.

August 3, 2018
Chidi Anegbu

Yeah, this is the original agidi recipe, you are going to love it. Welcome once again.

August 4, 2018

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