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Last Updated 13/11/2020

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How to Make Yam Porridge/pottage (Asaro)

Here's how to make the Yam Porridge/pottage:

Yam Porridge Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This recipe shows you 2 slightly different ways of making Yam Porridge recipe.

4.7 Star Rating

Yam Porridge Recipe

Category:
Main

Method:
Cooked

Cuisine:
Nigerian

Serves
4 people

Prep Time
10 Min

Total Time
55 Min

Ingredients:
  • 1 tuber of yam (about 1kg)
  • Dry fish or smoked fish or mackerel fish or shrimps (or any other protein of choice)
  • 2 cooking spoon of Palm oil ( according to preference)
  • 4 Red bell pepper (Tatashe)
  • 2-3 Scotch bonnet (Ata rodo)
  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • 1 Onion (Large)
  • 1 small bunch of Ugu or Spinach or any vegetable of choice
  • Beef seasoning powder or stock cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • Beef stock or water
  • 2 tablespoons of locust beans (iru) (optional)
Directions (Method 1): 
  1. 1
    Peel yam, wash and cut into smaller chunks. Put the yam inside a pot, add water just to the level of the yam. The pan should be on medium heat.
  2. 2
    Add blended pepper mixture ( scotch bonnet, red pepper, tomato and onion) into the yam chunks already boiling. Add salt to taste. Boil till the yam is tender.
  3. 3
    Add stock or water to the yam in between cooking if the need be 
  4. 4
    When the yam is almost tender add heated palm oil, Chopped Onion and continue cooking till the yam is tender.
  5. 5
    Add seasoning cube and crayfish to the food and check for salt .
  6. 6
    Use a wooden spoon or ladle to mash the yam into smaller pieces or the texture of your choice.
  7. 7
    Add smoked fish or any protein of your choice and stir together gently. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. 8
     Add chopped spinach or any vegetable of your choice and cook for another 3 minutes.
  9. 9
    Serve while hot with sides of your choice.
Directions (Method 2): 
  1. 1
    Peel yam, wash and cut into smaller chunks. Put the yam inside a pot, add water just to the level of the yam. Season with salt. Boil until it’s tender (don’t overcook)
  2. 2
    On the other hand, blend red pepper, scotch bonnet, tomato and onions and put aside 
  3. 3
    Add the blended ingredients in step 2 with palm oil, Onion, Crayfish,Stock cubes and allow to cook for 15 minutes (you can add a little beef stock if you want) 
  4. 4
    Add the smoked fish or whatever protein of your choice 
  5. 5
    Mash the already cooked yam with a potato masher or a wooden spoon ( mash it to the texture of your choice) 
  6. 6
    Leave it to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes 
  7. 7
    Add the chopped vegetable of your choice and cook for an additional 3 minutes 
  8. 8
    Serve with sides of your choice.
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Here are some of the frequently asked questions about yam pottage/porridge

What is Yam Porridge?

Yam pottage is yam in soup, which is made by cooking Yam in water, palm oil, and blended pepper mixture ( scotch bonnet, red pepper, tomato and onion) until it is tender.

What is the difference between yam porridge and yam pottage?

Yam pottage is made thick with a stew base and garnished with any green vegetable of choice while yam porridge is runny, more like cooking yam in broth.

What is Asaro?

Asaro is the Yoruba Language name for Yam pottage/Yam Porridge. Asaro is made by cooking Yam in water, palm oil, and blended pepper mixture ( scotch bonnet, red pepper, tomato and onion) until it is tender.

Summary

Yam Porridge Recipe (2 Easy Methods) - Fit Nigerian
Yam Porridge Recipe (2 Easy Methods) 1

Searching for Yam Porridge Recipe (Yam pottage recipe or Asaro recipe)? 

Type: Main course

Cuisine: Nigerian

Recipe Yield: 4 servings

Preparation Time: PT10M

Cooking Time: PT45M

Total Time: PT55M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Yam
  • Palm oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell pepper
  • Scotch Bonnet
  • Onion
  • Dry fish
  • Seasoning cube
  • Salt
  • Ugu
  • Iru

Editor's Rating:
4.7

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