Asaro – How to Cook Yam Pottage/Porridge

Let’s show you Asaro – How to Cook Yam Pottage/Porridge.

Yam Pottage/Porridge, also known as Asaro by the Yoruba People of Western Nigeria, is a Stew Mashed Yam delicacy.

Yam Pottage is cook with White/Puna Yam. This method of preparing Yam Pottage is common to the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria because, unlike popular Yam Pottage recipes in which you add vegetable leaves, this recipe is without.

You can make yam Pottage with either Palm Oil or vegetable oil, so feel free to go with your choice. I prefer mine with Palm Oil.

Here is how you can cook your Yam Pottage (Asaro)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tuber Puna Yam
  • 1 cup of palm oil depending on your choice
  • 1.5 Cups Chicken or Beef Stock
  • 3 Red Bell Pepper( Tatashe)
  • 3 Medium Tomatoes
  • Cooked  Meats
  • 2 Tablespoons Locust Beans (Iru)
  • 1 Inch Ginger Root
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Onions
  • 3 Knorr Cubes or your Preferred Bouillon  Cubes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chicken/Beef seasoning
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Heaped Tablespoons Ground Crayfish
  • 2 Scotch Bonnet( Atarodo)
  • 1 Ogiri ( Dawadawa)

Preparation:

  • Blend the Peppers, Tomatoes, 1 Onion, Garlic, and Ginger to smooth and set aside.
  • Also, fry or grill the boiled meats you’ll be using and set aside.
  • Slice and peel your Yam, cut into small chunks, rinse, then boil on medium heat with salt to taste.
  • While that’s cooking, get a pot, place on a hob on medium heat, add the palm oil to heat a little. Use some of the oil you used for frying your meats. When it’s hot, add 1/2 sliced Onions, sauté till fragrant.
  • When it’s fragrant, add 1/2 of the blended Pepper mix (you’ll need 3 Cooking Spoons), 2 Knorr cubes, ogiri, the Chicken/Beef seasoning, and salt to taste. Do not add Salt if you’ll be using stock later on. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.
  • Check on the Stew; when it’s fried, you’ll know when the pepper reduces considerably, and you can’t taste the sourness of the Tomatoes anymore. Add the stock, combine and leave to cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add the Parboiled Yam.
  • Combine thoroughly, turn the heat down to avoid burning, cover, and leave to cook for 10 minutes or until the Yam softens when the Yam is softened.
  • Your Yam Porridge/ Pottage is ready.

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