Section 1: Yam Dishes/Cassava Dishes/Plantain Dishes
Yam is a tuber comprising mainly of carbohydrates. It is a staple diet in most West African countries and it is very prolific in its usage either as a main meal or as snacks. There are many varieties of yam that are differentiated by various unique characteristics such as the stems twining direction, the shapes, leaf colour and tuber size, etc. There is white yam, yellow yam, water yam, potato yam, cocoyam and many others. Yam can be boiled, fried, pounded, grilled or turned into flour. It can be eaten with vegetables, fried eggs or fish stew.
In this section, I will be focusing on some main dishes prepared with yam.
Recipe 1: Yam With Fish Stew
- 1 tuber of yam
- 5 big fresh tomatoes or 1 tin tomato plum
- 1 medium sized onion
- 1 red pepper
- 1 pepper (chilies)
- Fish (Mockerel or your choice of fish)
- 3 serving spoons of vegetable oil
Method of Preparation
Slice the yam tuber and peel each slice. Wash the yam in ordinary water and put into a saucepan or cooking pot. Add some water and some salt to taste, then cover the pot.
While it is boiling, taste the water for salt and if need be add some more.
Leave for about 15 minutes and check if it is cooked by putting a fork through each one, the yam softens when cooked.
Blend the tomatoes, pepper, chilies and oniion together. Pour the cooking oil into a sauce pan. When the oil is sizzling hot, add the blended ingredients. Add a quarter teaspoon mixed herb or thyme and a quarter teaspoon curry as well as some salt to taste. Leave to fry for 5 minutes on medium heat. At the same time, boil the fish in a pan for about 5 minutes too, with some salt to taste. Remove the bones in the fish and add the fish to the frying ingredients and fry for another 5 minutes.
Serve with the hot yam.
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