Nigerian yam pottage is a full delicious meal!
NIGERIAN YAM POTTAGE
NIGERIAN YAM POTTAGE IS NOT ONLY AN IDEAL SIMPLE DIET BUT A FULL DELICIOUS MEAL ENJOYED BY MANY NIGERIANS RICH OR POOR!
The Universal Dictionary described 'Pottage' as "A thick soup or stew of vegetables and sometimes meat!" This is a definition in a nutshell but it is not too far away from the true meaning.
Pottage or potage can have many kinds of definitions according to the people and their nationalities. Pottage is cooked in many different ways in accordance with national food cultures,customs and traditions. Pottage/potage can equally mean porridge especially as in oat meals.
Nigerian yam pottage definition is not too far away from the dictionary definition. Although in some countries, people cook potato as well as sweet potato pottages.They can add vegetables and meat according to tastes and styles.
Nigerian yam pottage are of different types namely, Yam pottage with vegetables, yam pottage with pumpkin or gourd, yam pottage with fresh fishes, yam pottage with red palm oil and beans and yam pottage. These meals can be cooked and eaten naturally without adding anything to it except salt and pepper.
This is why it was some times in the past regarded as poor peoples' diet! By that, they mean that all a poor person who can't afford meat and fishes can do is to collect fresh vegetables from the garden and a yam tuber, cut, peel off the skin, wash and cook or boil and a meal is served and eaten!
Yam pottage for the rich and affluent people is differently cooked. There is a kind of nutritional poetry and romance in such cooking! By that, I mean that a lot of ingredients must be added to the type of pottage the cook wants to cook. The choice of ingredients and condiments can be made from adding pieces of goat meat, fresh or dry/smoked fishes; stock fish, crayfish, chicken, beef and bush meat to mention a few!
RECIPES/INGREDIENTS/CONDIMENTS USED IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF YAM POTTAGE.
VEGETABLE YAM POTTAGE:
1....Large quantities of spinach, sweet potato leaves,fluted pumpkin (ugu) leaves;or gourd leaves.
2.....Several pieces of goat,beef,and cow meat; chicken, smoked fish and crayfish.
3.....2 onions (cut into pieces and fried in vegetable oil)
4.....2 cubes of beef (oxo or nor or magi)
5.....1tsp of vegetable oil
6.....3 cups of water (Add more if required)
7.....Salt and chili pepper (1tsp of each)
8.....An average yam tuber (cut into several pieces, skins peeled off,and thoroughly washed)
9.....Add about 6 leaves each of Utasi and scented leaves (crushed or left as they are)
YOU CAN COOK ANY OTHER TYPE OF YAM POTTAGE WITH THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS AND CONDIMENTS AS FEATURED ABOVE EXCEPT VEGETABLES.
By that, I mean, you can cook pumpkin, red oil,beans and yam pottage with meat,fishes and various other ingredients and condiments fully recommended as above.
PREPARATION AND COOKING:
Yam pottage is usually very easy to cook. To start with, boil the meat or chicken you want to use separately to be as tender as possible. The next thing is to put the pot on the fire/stove with at least 3 cups of water. Then add the pieces of yam cut, skin peeled off and washed into the pot to boil for at least 20 minutes
Once the water and pieces of yam have boiled for 20 minutes, start to add the pieces of meat,chicken and all the ingredients including the fried onions into the pot and stir intermittently. To thicken the pottage, you can mash 2 pieces of the yam and mix thoroughly.
Allow to boil for another 20 minutes,then another 10 minutes to simmer. You can test and can eat the meal hot or cold. The amount servings depend on the quantity of yam you cooked and the number of people to eat the meal. Nigerian yam pottage is rich and can be a very delicious meal if all these ingredients recommended in this page are utilized.