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Here's how to prepare tasty 'Asaro' meal

Asaro is a Nigerian meal made with Yam and tomatoes. It is simply Yam porridge. It can be prepared with or without any vegetables and its taste can be improved on by a range of ingredients.

In this article, I will be sharing with you a simple recipe on how to prepare this delicious Asaro for your kids, or for your family and friends.

The ingredients used in this recipe are not standard. You can customize them to suite your preference and available ingredients.

Without further ado let's get into how to prepare this delicious and healthy Asaro, Yam porridge.


Ingredients.

1. Yam.

2. Fresh Tomatoes. 

3. Tatashe (red bell peppers).

4. Shombo pepper (fresh cayenne pepper) .

5. Ata rodo (scotch bonnets). 

6. 2 medium onions.

7. 1/4 cup ground crayfish.

8. Stock cubes, salt.

9. 1/2 cup palm oil.

10. Meat, meat stock, kpomo, ugu, dry fish, smoked fish, sugar (All of these are optional and only serve to improve on the flavor of the meal).

You can substitute the peppers and fresh tomatoes for some tinned tomatoes and onions, pepper puree.


Process.

1. First slice and peel the skin off the yam. Then, cut the cleaned yam into 1-inch cubes and rinse in a bowl of water.

2. Wash the onions and the tomatoes, tatashe, shombo, atarodo and some of the onions.

Transfer into a blender and blend till pureed.

3. Place the cut up yams in a pot, add some cups of water and stock and sugar (if you are using). Place the pot of yam over medium-high heat.

4. Add the tomato and peppers puree, the crayfish, the seasoning cubes and salt to taste. Add the palm oil and some sliced onions.

If you're using meat (previously boiled meat) add it now.

If you're using dry fish (soaked in hot water and de-boned) or stock fish, add it now.

If you're using vegetables, wash and slice them the add them to the pot.

5. Cover the pot and cook the yam till it is very soft and the liquid has reduced greatly. Once the liquid is reduced and the yam is soft enough, use a potato masher or a wooden spoon to mash the pieces of yam, leaving some whole for added texture.

Reduce the heat and cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring from time to time the take it off the heat and serve.

That's how easy it is to prepare Yam porridge or Asaro.

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Ata Fresh Tomatoes. Nigerian Tatashe Yam

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