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February 9, 2019 at 8:14 | RECIPES

Ancient recipes for Nigeria’s Asaro: Mashed yam with spices


Asaro is one of the most delicious foods coming from Nigeria. Although it’s mostly known as a porridge (there for the English name Yam porridge) one could compare it more to mashed potatoes, but then of course it are mashed yams. Instead of just serving plane mashed yam the Nigerians add all these delicious species and ingredients to come up with this delicious dish which originally comes from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, but is now eaten all over the country and beyond.

The ingredients for Nigerian Yam Porridge

  • 1 tube of yam
  • 1 large onion
  • 2/3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • 1 scotch bonnet chilli
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger/ 1.5 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp Curry powder
  • 3 maggi cubes
  • 1 teaspoon all purpose seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups water
  • 0.5 cup palm oil

How to cook Asaro Yam from Nigeria?

  1. Peel the yam and cut it into small cubes (2cm2) and leave it soaked in cold water
  2. Cut the onions, tomatoes chillis and bell peppers into small pieces
    • Alternatively blend it with a machine
  3. Add the cubed yam to a sizeable pot and add water to cover the yam. Cook on medium to high heat for 15mins
  4. Add the onions, tomatoes chillis, bell peppers and the remaining ingredients
  5. Stir to combine then re-cover the pot. Continue boiling for 5 minutes then reduce to a simmer
  6. When the yam is soft, partly mash to aid thickening (do not mash all the yam soft, leave some lumpy)
  7. Add salt to taste if needed and it’s ready to be served

Variations of Asaro with Fish and Plantains

  • Add ground crayfish or smoked fish on step 4
  • Or add diced (1cm2) ripe yellow plantains on step 5 when you reduce the heat to simmer

Source: food of africa

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