KFB Foodie Talk: How to make Yam pepper soup (Ji mmiri oku)



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‘guys’ that are interested in learning how to cook better ;). 
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Today, Dobby discusses how to make Yam Pepper Soup, enjoy!

It’s no hidden fact that my love for yam knows no bounds. Just one look at the collection of yam recipes on dobby’s signature is enough to tell you how much i love yam. Today, i’d be showing you how i make “Ji mmiri oku” which is one of my favorite eastern Nigeria dishes.
This is a one pot dish which is best enjoyed on cold rainy mornings.
Traditionally cooked with fresh fish, stock fish, dry fish or any type
of seafood, this dish is bound to get people asking for more. it’s easy
to make and also very very tasty especially when eaten with palmoil
sprinkled with a little bit of salt.

• 2 Fresh or 1 tbsp. dry pepper (i used dry pepper) 
• 1 medium sized Red onion (chopped/ blended)
• 1 Dried local Catfish
• 2 tsp. Cray fish
• 1/2 cup Palm Oil
• 2 Seasoning Cubes
• Salt to taste
• A handful Scent leaves 
• 3 Uziza leaves – Optional

Step 1: Chop off a small chunk of the Aridan, pound or grind with a dry mill and set aside

Step 2: Wash the cat fish and Smoked panla fish thoroughly. Remove the bones, rinse and set aside.

Step 3: To
prepare the Uda a.k.a Negro pepper which are long dark pods with very
bitter seeds, Hit the uda with something heavy and open up the pods,
remove and discard the sticky black seeds in it. In an open flame, roast
the pods and then set aside. The Pods would be added whole while we are
cooking the pepper soup as it’d later be discarded once the cooking is
done. Most times, it’s commonly used in the preparation of pepper soups
for nursing mothers as it helps in cleansing the tummy.

Step 4: Slice the yam and peel off the brown skin. Rinse with clean water, chop into smaller chunks and place in a medium sized pot.

Step 5:
Add some the onion, pepper, salt to taste and just enough water to
cover the chunks of yam in the pot. Cook for about 10 mins till it
starts to boil. Once you notice the water in the pot starts to bubble,
add a tablespoon of palmoil, washed fish, Crushed seasoning, Uda , Aridan & Crayfish. Stir and cover the pot. Learn to cook further for 15 minutes more. By now, the yam should be soft.

Step 6: Turn
off the burner and transfer the cooked yam into a different pot so it
doesn’t get soggy. When serving, dish out the yam and palmoil sprinkled
with salt on a flat plate and the yam pepper soup in a different bowl.
Serve Hot!

For how to cook yam in detail, Click Here to learn how to cook yam

Cheers 🙂


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