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Plantain and Yam Porridge / Pottage

How to cook Nigerian Asaro (Yam Porridge / pottage)


  • 10 medium cubes  African Yam 
  • 2 1/2  semi ripe plantain
  • ¼ cup onion (Chopped)
  • ¼ large onion + 2 red bell pepper (tatashe) + 1 tomato (blended)
  • ¼ cup palm oil
  • 2 cubes maggi
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 cup  shredded Smoked fish (any kind) – cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon blended crayfish
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh vegetable (optional)



  1. Cut the plantain lengthwise, remove the core. Chop into chunks, set aside.
  2. Add the palm oil to a large pot, set on medium heat. Cover and bleach for 2-3 minutes, add in the chopped onion, saute for 2 minutes, add in the blended pepper. Cover and leave to cook for 12 minutes (stir occasionally)
  3. Add in the maggi, salt, smoked fish, crayfish, plantain, yam and 2.5 cups of water. Combine. Cover and leave to cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes (until the yam is cooked through- add more water during this process if needed)
  4. Stir, taste and adjust for seasoning. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes
  5. Add in the chopped vegetables, stir and remove from heat


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Serve with a side of chilled ribena (Enjoy)

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