As the name suggests, Yam porridge is an African delicious delicacy made into porridge with yam and a lot of vegetables. The good thing about this recipe is that, it allows you experiment with a wide range of vegetable and fish or meat as the case may be.
For a plate of awesome, you will need;
- Palm Oil (for that bright irrestible color)
- 1 smoked fish (titus/mackerel) OR Dry fish
- 1 tablespoon ground crayfish
- 1 medium onion
- Fresh green vegetable e.g Pumpkin, Parsley or Scent leaf (Effirin or Nchanwu)
- Grinded or Fresh Pepper
- Salt – to taste
- Knorr Cubes
Preparation for Cooking
- Peel off the back of the yam, cut the yam in cubes or the size you desire (make sure it’s small enough to cook on time).
- Wash and slice the vegetable into reasonable sizes.
- Slice your onions into desired sizes
- Remove the bones from the fish and wash it. Put it in a bowl and set aside.
- Pound or grind the crayfish and set aside in a bowl.
- Wash the fresh pepper, that is if you choose to use fresh pepper, then grind in a grater or blender.
Method of Preparation.
- Put the chunks of yam in a size able pot, add enough water, just enough to boil. Be careful not to put too much.
- Put in your onions, pepper, crayfish, Knorr and a little bit of salt.
- Mix up the water properly with the ingredients to ensure they are all properly mixed.
- Note that we are putting in all this ingredients at the beginning to make sure everyone one of them get deeps into the yam by the time it is boiled.
- Put the pot on the cooker and cook from low medium to high heat.
- Keep watching out for the intensity of the heat to avoid burns
- When the yam is soft enough, taste for salt. Add more salt to your desired taste, and chip in your fish.
- If the yam isn’t soft enough at the time the water is dry, add more water and continue to cook.
- When the yam is cooked, and all the ingredients are in the right proportion, pour enough palm oil into the mixture. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to very low.
- Do not mix the palm oil and yam just yet, to avoid burns, just let it cook.
- After five minutes, open the pot and add your vegetable. Now mix everything together, so that the yam, vegetable and all are all well mixed.
- Leave for some time to simmer under extremely low heat.
- Serve hot with a cup of palm wine.