The variety of Nigerian recipes on offer are numerous, there is at least one speciality cuisine for each of the over 300 ethnic groups that make up this great country. Each new recipe is a discovery on its own, as it makes one appreciate the abundance of our food resources and rich diversity.
This week our focus is on the city of Calabar and we are sampling an Efik dish called Oto; this dish is made from water-yam, which is part of the root tuber family.
Water-yam on its own does nothing for the taste buds, but by the time you add in some fish, palm oil and pepper, your taste buds will thank you for it.
So for an ‘adventureful’ time in your kitchen, whip up your cooking tools and get started already!
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients: 1/4 medium size water yam
Pieces of beef, cut in small chunks
1 cup pieces smoked fish
1/2 cup smoked Prawns (dressed)
11/2 cooking spoons palm oil
1 tablespoon chopped effirin or scent leaves
Dried pepper to taste
Seasoning to taste
Salt to taste
Cooking Method: Peel, wash, cut in big chunks and grate the water yam ( you can use a food processor). Add a little salt.
Season and steam the meat with onion, pepper, salt, seasoning, then cook.
When meat is cooked add the smoked fish, prawns and seasoning, some more water and cook for about 3 minutes.
Add the palm oil and cook for 5 minutes.
Using your hand drop the water yam paste in small balls into the pot. Make sure to leave some space between the balls to give enough room for the stock to boil up and cook the water yam.
Reduce the flame to a low burn to allow the water yam balls cook through. Do not stir immediately . If need be, rock or shake the pot to free the water yam to cook.
When cooked the balls are translucent And the sauce thickens.
When the balls are set on the outside you may use a wooden spoon to stir the pottage, avoid squashing the balls.
Taste for salt , add the effirin leaves, cook for 2 minutes and your pottage is ready.
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