How to Make Pounded Yam in a BlenderPounded yam is one of the swallow recipes I enjoy. It is popularly prepared by pounding boiled yams in a mortar and pestle until smooth, firm and stretchy, but if you'll rather not pound, here's how to prepare Pounded Yam in a Blender... yes! you heard right... a blender☺! this method also works for Cocoyam (ede ofe).
To make Pounded Yam in a Blender, you don't need any particular brand; a good blender with sharp blades will do the job. Here are the steps.
- A tuber of yam
- Water (enough to cover the yams when placed in the pot)
- A pinch of Salt (optional)
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1. Cut the yam into small cubes , peel of the skin and rinse thoroughly.
2. Place in a pot, add enough water to cover the yams, add the salt and boil until the yams are tender.
(you can poke with a fork to test for doneness). Strain out the water and leave the boiled yams in the pot.
3. Transfer some of the boiled yams onto a plate and cut into smaller bits.
Tip: I like to mash the yams a bit, using a fork. This saves my blender from doing a lot of work, but if you have a heavy duty blender, then skip the mashing process.
4. Now,place the yam into the blender(a little at a time) and blend for 20 seconds. Stop every 10 seconds and resume blending.
If your blender has a ''pulse'' button, pulse the blender for 10 seconds,stop and repeat again until the yams are smooth and stretchy.
Observation: When blending the yams, you would see as the yams goes from crumbly bits around the blender jar, to form a whole ''doughy'' mass in the center of the blender.
5. Scoop out the ''pounded yam'' and repeat the process for the remaining yams in the pot.
Serve and enjoy with Egusi, Bitter leaf, Banga soup or any Nigerian Soup of choice.