Cow Skin (Ponmo) in sauce

Cow Skin (Ponmo) in sauce


10 min


20 min


Soft cooked ponmo 1lb/~0.5kg or 4 rolls as sold in the market
Red bell pepper 1 medium
Onion 1 medium
Habanero/scotch bonnet pepper 1
Tomato 1 steak or 2 Roma
Ginger 1 tbsp grated or 1 inch root
Garlic 2 cloves
Vegetable oil 1/4 cup
Salt 1.5 tbsps
Knorr bouillon seasoning 1 tbsp
Curry powder 1/2 tbsp

My aunt has a restaurant, White House restaurant within the premises of the Lagos state university teaching hospital (LASUTH). She has a big influence on my culinary skills.

She also has a catering service. When I was younger, i loved being present when she was cooking and prepping for an event. I even had my very own little waist coat made that her servers wore at events 🙂

One of the perks of having an aunt that owns a restaurant, is that I have a lifetime access to food and drink whenever I’m at her restaurant 🙂 This recipe is from her restaurant. It was a hit (I say was, because I haven’t been in Lagos in a few years) with customers! People loved having this with their alcohol. It’s spicy and sweet, and a good alternative to pepper soup. I made the sauce for this a bit thicker than my aunt used to, but it has the same flavor and taste I remember.

Prep Steps

    If you haven’t already cooked the ponmo, follow the steps below, else, skip to step 3
  1. Make sure the ponmo is cleaned properly (by scraping both sides with a knife), and trim off any excess fat and meat.
  2. Cleaning the ponmo

    Cleaning the ponmo

  3. Cook the ponmo with 1 tbsp of salt and enough water to cover the meat (I added more water after the picture below).
  4. Cooking the ponmo

    Cooking the ponmo

    Note: I used a pressure cooker, and cooked for about 30 minutes. It takes about 3 hours if you cook on the stove in a pot, to get it to
    the required tenderness.
  5. While the ponmo is cooking, we’ll prepare the sauce. Blend the peppers, onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic together.
  6. sauce


  7. Heat up the 1/4 cup of oil and cook the sauce in it. Add in the rest of the seasoning and spices as well. Let it cook for about 20 minutes
  8. Sauce


  9. While the sauce is cooking, the ponmo should be ready. Pull out a fork and knife and cut longitudinally along the rolls to make the small bite size rolls you see in the finished picture.
  10. Slicing the ponmo

    Slicing the ponmo

  11. Add the sliced ponmo in and serve!
  12. Ponmo
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