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How aigir is prepared in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea

Delicious Aigir

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What is Aigir?

Aigir is a delicious mouth-watering traditional cuisine for the Tolai people of East New Britain Province.

It has been their main dish in meals preparation and the practise has been maintained and practiced, from generations after generation.

Aigir is prepared on special occasions and during large gatherings.


  • 6 x coconuts, scraped and milked
  • Greens (aibika)
  • vegetables (carrot, onion, ginger,garlic), finely chopped
  • protein (chicken)
  • mumu stones

Cook Time

Cook timeReady inYields

45 min

45 min

10-15 people


  1. Heat up the stones in a mumu pit for 40-45 minutes.
  2. Prepare the coconut milk (suggest you make two separate bowls of milk, undiluted milk & water added one)
  3. Prepare the chicken meat.
  4. Prepare the greens and vegetables and cream evenly with 1 cup of coconut milk.
  5. Once the stones are ready, put 4-5 stones in a pot big enough to cook all the ingredients, add chicken and the diluted milk plus corn (if included in your ingredients) and cover to cook for 15-20 minutes This process allows the chicken meat to be cooked well.
  6. When cooked, remove stones in the pot and replace with hot ones, add the vegetables, the first cream with spices and cook slowly.
  7. Serve the food and enjoy. Aigir goes well with banana, taro or sweet potato.

© 2020 Julia Lessie

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