Asaro also known as Yam pottage is a popular dish across West Africa. It is a one pot meal made with basic ingredients like mashed yam, palm oil, pepper and salt.
I was never a fan of yam whilst growing up because I always felt a choking sensation in my throat each time I tried it. Merely looking at yam chunks in my plate would make my appetite develop wings and fly away.
As a result, my mother got to work and she would make sure she got the best yams in the market-the ones that turn out very soft after cooking. By the way, do you know you can get the best yams from Food Trolley? Click HERE.
So, back to my tale. Sometimes, when my mother isn’t so lucky with soft yams, she would end up making Asaro which today, turns out to be one of my favourite meals.
Asaro is loved by many in Nigeria. It is a regular menu option in parties. These are the ingredients we need to get a mouth-watering Asaro:
- Yam (Medium size)
- 8 Red Pepper (blended)
- 1 large onion (diced)
- Ground Crayfish (1 tablespoon)
- Prawn (1 cup, cleaned and boiled)
- Palm oil (1 cooking spoon)
- Vegetable oil (1 cooking spoon)
- 2 bouillon cubes
- 1 teaspoon curry
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- Salt to taste
- Cut the yam into cube-like sizes.
- Put them into a pot of salted boiling water and cook for about 20 mins.
- Add the ground crayfish, pepper, onion, curry, thyme, palm oil, vegetable oil and bouillon cube.
- Cover and leave to simmer for 6 mins.
- Gently mash the yam with the local turning stick or spoon.
- Add salt to taste and stir.
- Leave to cook for another 5 mins.
- Serve and garnish with the boiled prawns.
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