Crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside…fried yam.
Fried yam is another popular and favorite Nigerian meal that can be eaten as a snack or with a wide range of Nigerian stews and sauces such as egg stew, tomato stew,vegetable sauce etc It is really easy and quick to prepare; you just have to be careful that the oil doesn’t burn you when frying. You could even serve yam chips or nuggets as a small chop or party appetizer with spicy sauce as a dip just like you would with nachos. I will put up a post with a recipe for that soon enough.
Meal time: Preferably Breakfast
Side dishes: Sauces and stews such as tomato stew,egg stew,vegetable soup etc. or can be eaten alone as a snack
Country/Region: Nigerian/West African
Here’s the very easy recipe:
- White yam
- Salt, to taste
- Vegetable or canola oil
- Using a sharp knife, peel off the brown outer skin of the yam (Note: please during the process of handling the fresh yam, do not touch any part of your skin without washing your hands. This is save yourself from the unnecessary itching that will ensue once contact is made)
- Slice the yam into your desired shape and size ; wash and place in a bowl of cold water
- Pour a generous amount of oil into a large skillet/frying pan and allow it heat up on medium high heat (you could test the heat level of the oil with some onions or by dipping a portion of a yam slice into the oil.Once the oil around the onions starts to sizzle,your oil is ready for the yam)
- Add your pieces of yam into the pan, and fry till the yam slices have turned golden brown
- Place the yam pieces on a paper towel to drain excess oil