Pounded yam is incomplete without Egusi soup – melon soup. Pounded yam is made by boiling yam and pounding it. Nigerians abroad prepare alternative pounded yam using yam flour but it doesn’t taste like the original pounded yam. Although the Yoruba people are known to be fond of pounded yam, some other Nigerian tribes also love this delicious delicacy.
- 2 lb(s) boneless goat meat, cut in bite-size pieces
- dried fish, to taste
- Coarse salt
- 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
- 4 maggi cubes, or other chicken bouillion cubes
- 3 cup water
- 4 fresh Jamaican chile peppers
- dried shrimp, to taste
- dried crayfish, to taste
- 2 cup melon seed
- 1 pkg frozen spinach, thawed (340 g)
- ½ cup palm oil
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- Pounded Yam
- 2 cups purple yam flour
- 2 cup water
1. Put the goat meat in a medium pot.
2. Rinse the dried fish and add it to the pot.
3. Add 1 onion, salt to taste and 2 maggi cubes.
4. Add 3 cups water and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 min.
5. Meanwhile, put the chile peppers and the remaining onion in a blender and puree.
6. Scrape the onion pepper mixture into a bowl and set aside.
7. Put the shrimp, crayfish and melon seed in a clean blender and blend until a powder forms.
8. Put it in a bowl and set aside.
9. Squeeze the excess liquid from the spinach and set aside.
10. After 30 minutes, check the meat.
11. If it is still tough, add more water to the pot so that cooking liquid covers the meat.
12. Continue to cook until the goat is fork tender, add the onion pepper mixture and cook 15 minutes.
13. Reduce heat to medium and add the melon seed mixture.
14. Cook 30 minutes longer and add the spinach, the oils and the 2 remaining maggi cubes.
15. Cover it and cook for another 15 minutes.
1. Bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil on high heat.
2. Turn the heat to medium and stir in the pounded yam flour.
3. Keep stirring until it is smooth and soft. If it is really thick, add some hot water. It will have a similar texture to polenta.
4. Serve the pounded yam on plates and serve with bowls of egusi soup.
5. Dip the pounded yam into the egusi soup.