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Step by step details on how to prepare delicious yam porridge with fish pepper stew.

Yam porridge is a popular Nigerian food which is common among the Yoruba and Igbo people.

Personally, it's a food love by all even though it's not everyone's favourite. Yam porridge is a delicious food cooked with yam and it's popularly known as "Asaro"

I will be leading you through on how to prepare delicious and mouth watering Yam porridge with delicious fish pepper stew.

Ingredients needed are;

Yam, Palm oil, hot pepper, water, Beef seasoning powder, Scent leave, salt, Fish (fresh, dry or smoked fish) depending on how you want it.

How to prepare;

peel and cut yam into chunks, rinse and cover with cold water and set aside Roughly blend red bell pepper, scotch bonnet chill and onions together with water and set aside

Boil the fish for about 5 minutes with seasoning cube, salt. Save fish broth for the porridge if you are not using beef stock. De-bone fish, flake and set aside

Place a small pan on medium heat, add palm oil and heat for about 2 minutes. Add chopped onions and fry till onions are translucent. Take it off the heat and set aside. This is to be added to the yam at the tail end of the cooking.

Place a large pan on medium heat; add yam chunks, blended pepper mixture and enough water to cover it (about one cm above the yam or keep it at the same level), add salt, seasoning cube and bring to boil till yam is almost tender. Reduce the heat if you have to avoid the yam burning. Add stock or water to yam in between cooking if need be

Once yam is almost tender add already heated palm oil to the yam and continue to cook till yam is tender. Using a back of a wooden ladle, break yam into pieces but not to puree, leave some yam chunks if you desire

Stir in the flaked fish and stir together gently into the yam to avoid breaking the fish and yam more, cook for another 2-3 minutes. Finally, add chopped spinach (or any other green vegetable), fold into porridge and cook for another 2 minutes. Take it off the heat as the vegetable would continue to cook just before you serve the dish.

How to prepare the fish pepper stew;

Put oil into frying pan until it's very hot, add grinded pepper and leave until it fry. Put the already fried or smoked fish inside the stew and stew until the pepper start scattering. Leave until it fry and get it off heat.

Serve your porridge and put the fried pepper stew on it. Take with a chill water or soft drink.

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