Wednesday, October 5, 2016


This is a very easy meal to prepare and extremely versatile. You can tweak it as you want and it goes with a variety of side dishes like stewed meats, fish, eggs, vegetables etc.
My Mum makes it with lots of smoked fish and dried shrimps. The type of fish you would find in the southern part of Nigeria. Gigantic, dark, freshly smoked and quite expensive. She would throw in chunks, bits and pieces of fish…every mouthful was special. 🙂
After eating, she would down the food with a hot cup of tea. I wondered why she always had a cup of tea after a meal. I still don’t understand why she does it. I can buy into the idea of meals with soft drinks or juices but hot tea? Haba! The woman could soak Garri with groundnut and still drink tea.
I am sure wherever she is right now, she may be holding a cup of tea. She drinks tea more than the Brits. 😀
Now let’s cook.
In a dry pot, add palm oil. Then the sliced onions.
Follow it up with some tomato paste. I chose to use tomato paste to save time. You can use pureed fresh tomatoes if you wish.
Add some ground dried pepper and stir fry for a few minutes. Don’t get it burnt please!
Now, add some water and bring it to a boil.
While it is boiling, add your cubed yams carefully. You can now add sugar (if using). Cook for a while, then add seasoning cubes, crayfish and salt. Cover the pot and cook till it is almost done.
You can now add your fish chunks. Stir in and allow to cook. Make sure to reduce the flame.
With a pestle or a wooden spatula, melt some of the cooked yam until your porridge has a thick consistency. You can leave some chunks if you wish in it.
asaro 2i
asaro iAsaro (Yam Porridge)
Here is a handy printable.
Asaro (Yam Porridge)
Serves 2
Yam, cooked with palm oil, fish and spices.
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
  1. 1/2 medium size yam tuber (peeled, washed and cut into cubes)
  2. 2-3 cooking spoons palm oil
  3. 1/2 medium size onion (sliced)
  4. 2-3 table spoon tomato paste
  5. 2 table spoon ground dried crayfish
  6. 1 table spoon ground dried pepper
  7. 1 tea spoon sugar (optional)
  8. Seasoning cubes
  9. Salt to taste.
  1. 1. Peel, wash and cube the yam. Set aside.
  2. 2. In a clean pot, add palm oil. Then the sliced onion, tomato paste and dried peppers. Cook for a few minutes then add water.
  3. 2. Bring the pot to a boil, then carefully add the yams. you can add the sugar if using. Allow to cook for a while.
  4. 3. Now add the seasoning cubes, crayfish and salt. Cook until almost done.
  5. 4, Pour in the fish chunks and shrimps and cook until done.
  6. 5. With a pestle or wooden spatula, melt some of the yams until you get a thick consistency as desired.
  1. * Serve hot.

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