How to cook a yam--Nigerian favourite staple diet
HOW TO COOK A YAM
TO SOME EXTENT,IT SEEMS THAT THERE IS A KIND OF STEP BY STEP WAYS OF COOKING A YAM. IN THE ACTUAL SENSE, THERE IS NO RIGID RULE OR RULES SET TO BE FOLLOWED IN COOKING A YAM SINCE YAM IS A VERSATILE DIET!
Yam is primarily an agricultural commodity in West Africa and New Guinea.They were first cultivated in Africa and Asia about 8000 BC.
Yams can be classified as root vegetables,starchy tuberous root largely replacing potatoes as staple food cultivated and consumed in tropical and sub-tropical continents and countries of the world such as Africa,Asia,Latin America,including Colombia, Nigeria,Ghana,and Cameroon to mention a few.
Yam, to some extent is a common name for some eatable starchy tubers cultivated and consumed in numerous parts of the world. In some parts of America and Canada, some species of sweet potatoes are equally and traditionally referred as yams.
NIGERIA IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST CULTIVATORS AND CONSUMERS OF YAMS!
It is true that Nigeria is one of the world's largest cultivators and consumers of yams with a population of over 150,000,000 people! Yams are the cheapest and commonest staple food eaten in Nigeria.
In spite of tribes, tongues,every ethnic group in Nigeria regard yam as a very important staple food and cook it in various ways and forms. Yam is a versatile staple food in that it can be boiled, fried,baked; roasted, barbecued and pounded!
HOW TO COOK A YAM!
An average yam tuber has rough hard skins. To cook a yam is easy but first of all, you have to peel off or remove the skins.Care must be taken when peeling off the skin because yam produces some sort of sticky harmful liquids which can cause some itching if it touches your skin.
After peeling off the skin, the next step is to cut it into pieces as you like.There is no special way of doing this.After cutting it into several pieces depending on how you want to cook it and the number of people that will participate in the eating.The next step is to wash the yam pieces thoroughly about three times.
THE STEP BY STEP METHOD OF COOKING A YAM
Step One: Step one is to determine how you are going to cook the yam by that, I mean whether you want A PLAIN BOILED YAM to be eaten with stew or red palm oil, vegetable oil,or with a special spice called (utasi) seasoned, salt and pepper added.
Step Two: In step two, it is the cook's choice to choose from assorted types of pottage. There are many types of yam pottage for example, VEGETABLE YAM POTTAGE. This is yam pottage cooked with vegetables such as spinach, fluted pumpkin leaves,and other types of vegetables with meat, dry and fresh fishes,fried onions,and spices,seasonings; salt,pepper and oil. You can equally chose PUMPKIN POTTAGE, or FRESH FISH POTTAGE with or without rich ingredients.
Step Three: In step three,you have to decide whether to cook the yam with RICE OR BEANS! In such a case,you may decide to eat them with stew which contains meat, fishes, seasonings etc
Step Four: In step four, you have to decide whether to fry, roast, grill, or barbecue the yam. Which ever choice you make, you will need stew or fried oil and salt and pepper to eat it.
Step Five: In step five on how to cook a yam, you may chose to boil the yam in order to pound it in a local mortar with a pestle.The result will be called pounded yam! It will be thick sticky paste like mashed potatoes. In that case, it will be eaten with various kinds of Nigerian soups such as Egusi, Ewedu, Edika-ekong, Okra, vegetable or Ofe Nsala to mention a few. This article represents a full compendium of cooking a yam in various ways!