Yam and Plantain Pottage also known as Yam and Plantain Porridge is a yummy fusion of Yam, Plantain and Tomato stew. It’s a yummy take on the popular Yam pottage also known as Asaro in Nigeria. Some people prefer to have just the plantain pottage on it’s own but I prefer the blend of Yam and Plantain to the plain Plantain Pottage as the sweetness of the Plantain isn’t as potent.
Now, most Yam and Plantain Pottage recipes do not require Tomato stew, they only call for Palm oil but I prefer to add Tomato stew as it makes it richer and tastier. Also, some recipes incorporate vegetables at the end, this could be a choice of either Ugu leaves, Spinach or water leaves, so feel free to add your preferred vegetables just before doneness.
If Yam is not readily available to you, you can use sweet potatoes for this recipe. Just make sure you don’t overcook the sweet potatoes as they are much softer than yam and they cook faster.
Now, Yam and Plantain pottage, let’s get started…
Ingredients: (This Recipe serves 4)
1/2 tuber of small Yam
2 ripe but firm Plantain
11/2 cooking spoons Palm oil
2 Red Bell Pepper( Tatashe)
2 medium Tomatoes
2 whole Onions
2 medium or 3 small Scotch Bonnet( Atarodo)
Raw King Prawns (Optional)
Smoked Prawns (Optional)
Shredded Smoked Fish
2 heaped tablespoons Ground Crayfish
2 knorr cubes or your preferred Bullion Cubes
1/4 cup whole dried crayfish
3 cloves Garlic
Salt to taste
These are the raw king prawns, shredded smoked catfish, dried crayfish and smoked prawns I’ll be using…Blend the bell peppers, 1 big onion, scotch bonnet and garlic into a smooth paste and set aside…
Slice and peel your yam, cut into small chunks and set aside
Peel and slice your plantain into small circles and set aside….
Get a fairly big pot, place on a hob on medium heat, add palm oil. When it’s hot, slice the second onions and add, sauté onions till fragrant…
When it’s fragrant, add the ground crayfish, sauté for 2 minutes….
After 2 minutes, add the blended pepper, knorr cubes and salt to taste.
Cover and fry for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning…
When it’s fried, you’ll know when the pepper reduces considerably and you can no longer taste the sourness of the tomatoes…
Add the stock/water, combine and leave to cook for a further 2-3 minutes…
Now, add the yam, combine thoroughly, turn the heat down to low, cover and leave to cook for 15 minutes or until the yam is tender, not soft, just tender.
It needs to cook on low heat just so the yam cooks properly and your stew doesn’t burn in the process.
When the yam is tender, mash half of the yam…
Now add the plantain. Combine, cover and cook for 5 minutes…
After 5 minutes, lift the lid, add the raw prawns, shredded smoked fish smoked prawns and the whole dried crayfish..
Combine and taste for seasoning, adjust if necessary, cover and continue cooking for another 5-8 minutes..
Your Yam and Plantain Pottage is ready….