Ghana – Yam Porridge (Mpotompoto)

by Alkased Mamim

Passing through streets of Obuasi in Ghana, you must have meet this best granted delicious dish, the MpotoMpoto.

The dish is mainly contain grinned yam and fish (the Koobi) with additional of other ingredients like onions, garlic, tomatoes and so many as one likes.

In Ghana, cultivation of yam is mostly done in household level whereby only family members using hand hoes do cultivate in small area, this in other ways affect the market of yam production. Fishing again is a home for coastal places in Ghana as people do take it more from a job, but a part of their life, that is to say you won’t get difficult in finding fish for Yam porridge (Mpotompoto)

Preparation may take about 30-40 minutes. Let us get to make a real taste.

Preparation and Cooking steps

In Ghana you will find Yam at the market at sound price. Fish are necessary but you may take it plain if fishes are not your healthier favor;

  • Take 2 fresh yams, wash them and clean to remove excess dust.
  • Peel them and cut into medium pieces that are suitable for the meal.
  • Put into the cooking pan.
  • Wash onions and chop them in pieces.
  • Put into the pan with yams.
  • Chop tomatoes into smaller box shaped size or blend them.
  • Put into the pan with yams and onions
  • Grinned garlic and peppers also may be chopped altogether in the pan.
  • Add water into the pot and boil for 30 minutes.
  • Our food must be ready, grin to porridge-like looking.
  • Heat palm oil for 2 or less minutes depending on heat supplied, pour Mpotompoto into the palm oil, and mix it well.
Yam porridge with Fish mixed

If you have a fish now is the time, if not then you simply need to cool the meal, ready for lunch or dinner.

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