Agidi, also known as Eko, is a traditional Nigerian dish made from maize or cornstarch. This smooth, gelatinous pudding is a versatile accompaniment to various Nigerian dishes. Easy to prepare, it offers a delightful taste of Nigerian cuisine.

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


Servings: 1
  • 2 cups
    Maize or cornstarch
  • 4 cups
  • Salt Ajust to taste


  1. Add the maize or cornstarch in a mixing bowl.

  2. Add water gradually while stirring to form a smooth paste. Make sure there are no lumps.

  3. Bring the remaining water to a boil in a bowl.

  4. Pour the maize paste slowly into the boiling water, stirring constantly.

  5. Reduce the heat to low and continue stirring. The mixture will thicken as it cooks.

  6. Keep stirring for 15-20 minutes until the Agidi becomes thick and translucent.

  7. Remove the pot from the heat and let the Agidi cool slightly.

  8. Pour the Agidi into a greased container or mould. You can use banana leaf to wrap the Agidi to give it the traditional shape.

  9. Allow it to cool completely and set for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

  10. Cut the Agidi into slices or cubes once it has set.

  11. Serve the Agidi with akara, moin moin or your favourite Nigerian soup or sauce.

  12. Enjoy your homemade Agidi!


Agidi can be served with various Nigerian soups and stews, adding a unique texture to your meal. Enjoy the traditional flavours of Nigeria with this simple and satisfying recipe!


Courses: Nigerian Meals, sides
Cuisines: Nigerian
Keywords: Agidi, Eko, Maize Pudding
Difficulty: Level 1 (easy)
Cooking time: 45-60 minutes
Season: General
Number ingredients: 5-10 ingredients
Taste: Creamy, Fresh, Tangy
Preparation method: Cooking
Type of dish: accompaniments, sides, Snacks
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge