Wednesday, 1 October 2014

How to make Asaro a.k.a mashed yam porridge

Yam porridge is a staple food in Nigeria but the version which is quite popular in the western part of Nigeria is known as Asaro (also known as  Ebe (pronounced eh-beh))and this is due to the method of preparation. The preparation of Asaro is quite simple and needs few ingredients with little or no vegetables unlike the typical normal yam porridge. For the preparation of asaro, you'd need a mixture of blended peppers and regular yam. It's a simple one pot meal which takes little or no time to prepare. It can be served with "Obe Ata Iru", Hard boiled egg or steamed leafy Vegetables


How to make Asaro
• Prep time:
  20 mins
• Cook time: Over 1 hour

• Region:      Western Nigeria
• Misc:          Serve Hot


Ingredients:::
• 1 medium sized yam tuber
• 1 medium sized red onion - Chopped
• 6 chili pepper "Shombo"
• 3 red scotch bonnet "Ata Rodo" 
• 4 cloves garlic
• 1 small stock fish (Or dry fish) - Optional 
• 3 Seasoning cubes
• Salt to taste
• 2 cups Palm oil
• Scent leaves "Efinrin/nchuawun" or Ugu leaves - Chopped (optional)

Directions:::
Step 1: Cut the yam tuber into round slices, slice off the brown skin and place in a bowl. Add clean water and wash till all the dirt is removed and the yam is clean- Set aside

Step 2: Remove the garlic skin, Remove the heads from the Scotch bonnet pepper and chili pepper. Wash and place in a blender. Blend till you have a smooth puree.

Step 3: Pour the palm oil into an empty pot. Add the Blended puree into the palmoil in the pot and heat up for about 3 minutes. Add about 3 cups of water and cook on medium heat for about 10 mins.

Step 4: Reduce the burner to the lowest and gently add the yams(Be careful so it doesn't splash).

Step 5: Top up with some more water, add the chopped onion, crushed seasoning, salt and cover. Leave to cook for about 25 minutes till the liquid in the pot reduces. By this time, the yam chunks in the pot would have gotten really soft.

Step 6: With the edge of the cooking spoon, mash the yams in the pot very well. You can leave a few un-mashed yam chunks if you like. 

Step 7: if you intend using any leafy vegetable such as scent leaf/Ugu, now is the time to add it (Though the original recipe goes without it). Cover the pot and leave to cook for another 10 mins.

* Now you are done. Serve hot!

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28 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:38 pm

    This is what we(yorubas) call 'Asaro elepo regi regi'!!!......Lovely color. I prepare mine with ugu leaves!


    Abiola

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    1. Thanks for the addition Abiola :)

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  2. Becca6:34 pm

    great job dobby. u really good. please add me up. 7BE13241 or 08185140995. m a drooling fan of urs. also love cooking

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  3. Anonymous10:22 pm

    Most times whn I visit food blogs,I do so jst 2 av an idea of wot 2 kuk...u knw dos tyms u'r hungry and u don't knw wot 2 eat,and everytn is available @ home,jst logged on and saw ds,I didn't even tink twice...prepared it,my dear,if u see d kain way dem rush ds food,added ugwu 2 ma own tho,one of ma brodas even said,he didn't wnt d food 2 finish,tanx dear,God bless and kip up d good work,d sky is ur strtin point....RITA

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    1. Awww!!! Thanks for the feedback Becca, glad it turned out great. God bless you too :)

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  4. looks so good i can almost taste it :-)

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    1. gracias ms cookie :)

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  5. This is beautiful Dobby,kudos,I will be trying this next week

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    1. Thanks Oyin, do keep us posted k :)

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  6. Anonymous10:25 am

    Hi, you didn't say at what point the cubes ans salt go in.

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    1. Updated in step 5...Thanks.

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  7. Anonymous9:45 am

    ITS A GOOD JOB U R DOING HERE

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  8. Anonymous4:31 pm

    Nice one... some people do add tomatoes to their asaro...is dat right

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    1. Some people do but it's really not necessary to add tomatoes. For the original recipe, Tomato isn't added only pepper

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  9. Anonymous3:35 pm

    tried this method and it didn't work for me. The water was too much :(

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    1. Hi anon, sorry about that. You could reduce the amount of water when you make it next time.

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  10. Anonymous3:25 pm

    why don't you make videos of these meals? i checked your you-tube channel i only saw few of the meals

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    1. We're currently working on that Anon. Thanks.

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  11. i love your simplicity an yet effervescent style.. keep it up dobby..

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  12. Anonymous1:00 pm

    Can sugar be added

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    1. Yes you can. Some people do add sugar.

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  13. Ibukun4:00 pm

    I tried it and my husband that is not a fan of yam ate it, and requested to take some to work. Well done.

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    1. Aww!! Thanks for the feedback Ibukun :). Glad it turned out fine.

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