LOH Contest #161 | My Christmas Special Delicacy

Hi everyone, so great to write here again.

The holiday season is always a time of joy, laughter, getting to travel to meet your love ones and most importantly, preparing delicious food with family. The aroma of spices filled the air as families gathered together to celebrate the end of the year and welcome the new one.

During the festive season, we usually visit our family house which has a special tradition that revolved around a meal known as ( Afai Afere ) in my language, pounded yam soup.


Pounded yam is a delicacy made from yam tubers, which has to be peeled, boiled, and pounded into a smooth and fluffy consistency.
It always a laborious process, but the end result is always worth every ounce of effort.

Recipe for Pounded Yam (Afai Afere):


  • Yam
  • Goat meat
  • stock fish
  • salt
  • seasoning cubes
  • dried fish
  • uyayak
  • crayfish
  • pepper
    -udusa leave and seed

Method :

  1. Peel the yam tubers and cut them into small chunks.
  2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add the yam chunks.
  3. Boil the yam until it is soft and easily mashed with a fork.
  4. Drain the water and transfer the yam to a mortar.
  5. Using a pestle, pound the yam until it becomes smooth and fluffy. This may take some time and effort, but keep going until you achieve the desired consistency.
  6. Once the pounded yam is ready.
  7. In another pot add your goat meat , stock fish, beef, seasoning cubes, salt, add water and cover to cook.
  8. Cook for about 25 minutes until meats is almost fully done
  9. Blend pepper with adusa seed.
  10. Check on the meat add dried fish and more water
  11. Add uyayak cover to cook for about 10 minutes
  12. Remove the uyayak, add cray fish, blended pepper and spices
  13. Add a little of the pounded yam
  14. Cover and allow to cook for about 8 minutes on low heat
  15. Open pot, stir add your vegetables and cook for about 1 minutes.

When the food is done, serve in bowl or plates. Using spoon is optional because it's more enjoyed with bear hands.


Thank you for reading and here is my entry to the ladies of hive contest week #161

See you in my next post.

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