Onunu is a delicacy to the indigenous people of Rivers State and Bayelsa State. It dates back to the ancient ceremony of royalties. When an occasion of the most influential kings of old were to have a gathering, then the appealing Onunu was made available especially by queens who plans to soften the hearts of their kings.
Onunu is a meal for special occasions, even till date. It is a meal that brings delight to the sight and ears of the riverine.
When onunu is mentioned, the first thought that come to mind is a mouth-watering delicacy that can get even the most satisfied hungry. Onunu is so rich with a lot of health benefits. It is recommended for both the young and old.
Ononu food made for royalty. Delight your taste buds in the originality of the Niger Delta sweet and savour.
Onunu is made from the combination of boiled yam, ripe plantain and red palm oil. The preparation of this delicacy requires patience and love, that’s why only the most dedicated prepare and eat it.
ONUNU PREPARATION PROCESS
First yam and plantain are peeled, washed and cut is small bits then set aside.
Secondly, the washed yam is boiled on a medium head till tender.
Thirdly, in a separate pot the ripe plantain is put on medium heat to boil till tender.
While both are still hot the yam is pounded in bits, when smooth, the ripe plantain is put into the yam bit by bit till it is completely pounded.
When the pounded yam and plantain free of lumps, red palm oil is then mixed into the yam and plantain until properly incorporated.
Cut into desired shape and serve.
Onunu can be served of yellow soup, pepper soup and native fisherman sauce.
Hope you are inspired to try out this ancient delicacy of the Niger.