How To Prepare Isi Ewu, Goat Head Soup

Isi ewu, goat head soup is a dish from Igbo land of Eastern Nigeria. Just like Nkwobi (cow foot), Isi ewu is more tasty for the addition of the fatty brain of the goat. On this post, you will learn how to prepare isi-ewu (goat head soup)

How To Prepare Isi-Ewu (Goat Head Soup)


  • One goat head
  • 2 Onions
  • 2-3 roasted calabash nutmeg,
  • 4 pieces of habanero peppers (Ata rodo),
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste.
  • 200ml of Palm oil
  • Water
  • Thyme, curry and potash (Kaun)
  • Ground crayfish
  • Utazi leaves

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Note: The utazi leaf is added to enhance some bitter taste to the Isi-Ewu whereas potash (kaun) is added to make the palm oil thicken up.


  • Chop your goat head into tiny bits .
  • Rinse the whole meat properly after using foam and hard sponge to scrub dirt mainly in the ears and tongue part.
  • Rinse and cut the fresh utazi leaves into little pieces
  • Soak a tea spoon of potash or kaun in a little quantity of water and allow it melt properly before filtering the water
  • Rind, rinse and cut one onion into ring shape and keep aside.
  • Grind the onion and pepper into pasty form. pour just a small quantity of water if it’s necessary you want to grind.
  • Drop the goat meat portions into a big pot and place on a cooker
  • Pour a little quantity of water sufficient to cook the meat, because there is no need for stock water.
  • Pour the two cube seasonings, each spoon of thyme and curry & cook for at least 20 minutes.
  • Add salt and let it cook for up to 10 minutes. When the meat pieces are soft enough, keep separately
  • In a different pot, pour palm oil, the sieved water of potash gently into the pot containing palm oil and mix using a wooden spatula until the oil goes totally yellow.
  • Pour 2 table spoons of crayfish and mix.
  • Pour the grounded (Ehu seeds) calabash nut Meg, grinded onions and pepper (to taste) and a small amount of sliced utazi leaves.
  • Pour the prepared goat head meat bits into this mixture and mix properly.
  • Allow it cook for little minutes under low temperature until it is intensely hot.

In most Nigerian eateries, Isi Ewu is served in a calabash or any woody material with a little amount of onion and some portions of fresh Utazi leaves on it. This makes it very natural and colorful.

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