Asaro (Nigerian Yam Porridge)
Yam porridge (with white yam) is a distinguished way of preparing yam because it allows for creativity in cooking. It has the ability to accommodate as many ingredients as possible but trust me, you won’t like it looking too busy as this makes it less enjoyable and tiring.
Yam is a food crop that is produced for commercial purpose. It is one of the staple in the diet of Nigerians. Yam is highly consumed not only because it’s a rich source of energy but also because it is easy to prepare and can be prepared in different ways.
It may be fried as chips to be taken with pepper sauce, boiled and taken with fried eggs, ground into powder form (yam flour) to prepare Amala, roasted yam with vegetable sauce, may be pounded as swallow to be taken with vegetable soup, etc.
The appearance of yam porridge is soupy which makes vegetable leaves considerable as ingredient. These vegetable leaves includes : pumpkin leaves (ugwu), scent leaf(efirin), spinach, etc.
Nutritional benefits of yam porridge
Vitamin A : Helps improve the function of the brain and reduces inflammation. Being a powerful antioxidant, it also improves eye sight.
Vitamin B6 : Supports a healthier looking skin, detoxifies the liver, enhance healthy blood vessels, relieves mood swings and cures anaemia.
Vitamin C : Vitamin C helps provide the body with necessary vitamins to fight diseases and improves the immune system.
Fiber : Fiber is mainly carbonhydrates mostly found in fruits and vegetables. It’s main role is to keep the digestive system healthy.
Potassium : Potassium helps the muscles function properly, it also aids blood circulation throughout the human body.
Manganese : As necessary as manganese might be for human survival, it is important to note that it is also toxic, if it’s concentration is too high in the human body. Hence, manganese is crucial for promoting healthy bones, regulating sugar level and preventing epileptic seizures.
Smoked fish (different kinds)
Salt to taste
Fried meat/Fried fish
- Peel and slice a tuber of yam, wash in clean water and pour in a sizable pot.
- Grate pepper and then Slice or dice the onions.
- Deboned smoked fish and then rinse in Salt water.
- Rinse the scent leaf in clean water and then slice.
Cooking time : 60 minutes
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- Add enough water to cover the yam in the cooking pot, then boil until it’s very tender.
- Once the yam is tender, add onions, fresh pepper, ground crayfish and smoked fish. Add palm oil until the yam turns almost resend then add vegetable oil as well to make glossy. Cover the pot and allow it simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add seasoning cubes and salt to taste, then stir very well with a cooking spoon. Allow simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Add a handful of sliced scent leaf, stir again so that it doesn’t get burnt. Allow simmer for 2 minutes.
- Bring down from heat and then serve.
Porridge may be served with Fried chicken, Gizzard, Turkey, Fish, Assorted soaked in sauce and so on.
Just as you like it👌