Not every day Jollof rice; sometimes you need to spice things up a bit with some yams!!! It is common practice to cook rice every day in African homes; even special occasions usually have rice on the menu. Today’s African Cuisine in Focus is not only delicious and nutritious,but is also very easy to prepare. Thanks to Oyeronke Oyeyemi Shittu of Sugar Instinct, we have the recipe you need to make the perfect yam porridge for your family and guests.
Ingredients for the yam porridge are;
- 1 tuber of yam
- Palm oil
- Ugwu leaves
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 green bell pepper
- Crazy fish
- Smoked fish
Ingredients for the fish
- 1 medium size croaker fish
- Spices (Maggi, salt, ground garlic, ground ginger, chili pepper, fish seasoning)
- Slice a tuber of yam into small chunks.
- Rinse and put in a medium-sized pot filled with enough water to boil the yam slices. (leave to boil for 30 minutes)
- While the yam is boiling, put another small pot over medium heat then add little palm oil.
- Once the palm oil is hot, add fresh pepper and fry for about 3 minutes
- Then add onions, maggi and salt to taste.
- Add your smoked fish then add little water so the fish will steam properly.
- Cover the pot and fry for 4 minutes
- When it’s properly fried, pour in your green and red bell pepper and steam for another one minute. *Make sure there is a little water left in the pot of the boiled yam as this will enable the yam steam properly when the fried sauce is poured over the yam*
- Once the yam in the other pot is soft and the stew in the second pot is well fried, pour the fried stew over the boiled yam slices.
- Use a wooden spoon or small wooden pestle to mash the yams properly. Mash to your taste.
- Sprinkle the ugwu leaves on it and steam for another one minute.
“I love it when I can still chew part of the yam in my mouth, some love it when the whole yam is mashed completely so it is up to you to decide how mashed you want your yams to be” Oyeronke.
Directions for cooking the Fish
- Use a knife to make little incisions on the skin of the Croaker fish so that some of the spices will get inside the fish. *Marinate your croaker 2 hours before use by adding all your spices*
- Leave in a sieve to make sure all the water on the fish is properly drained.
- Then Line the fish on the rack of your oven.
- Spray the rack with vegetable spray so that the fish doesn’t stick to it, spray both sides of your fish too.
- Bake for 30 minutes
- 6 Once your fish is baked, sprinkle some of the green and red bell pepper on it and it is ready to be served.
Your end result should look exactly or almost exactly like this.
Remember cooking is all bout having fun… you can add your own style to the methods but make sure it isn’t over the top. XOXO
Brief Description of The Chef
Oyeronke (www.instagram.com/oyeronke) graduated from Babcock University few years ago and got married to the man of her dreams last year. She is addicted to baking cakes but also loves cooking. She is the CEO of Sugar Instinct, a baking confectionery based in Nigeria. You can see more of her works here -> www.instagram.com/sugarinstinct/
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