Ghana festival yam dish oto

Ghana festival yam dish oto

 Festive Yam Dish Oto




This dish is served by the Akan people on almost all special occasions: to celebrate births, mourn deaths, and to approach the spirits, who, generally speaking, do not like spiced or seasoned foods.


INGREDIENTS 

1 yam about 2 pounds (true yam, not sweet potato) 6 eggs 1 ⁄2 cup palm oil (substitute other vegetable oil plus 1 tsp turmeric or paprika)

salt to taste (optional: 1 small onion, very finely minced, and red pepper to taste)


HOW TO PREPARE

                                                         Festive Yam Dish Oto


 




Peel and wash yam. Cut into 2-inch cubes. Place yam and eggs into a pot, and cover with lightly salted water. Boil until yam is tender and eggs hard-boiled (about 10–15 minutes). Remove yams from water, and mash until smooth. Add salt and palm oil to yam mash, and mix well (you may mix in the onion and red pepper if spirits are not invited). Peel the eggs and slice into quarters. Mound mashed yam on a serving dish, surrounded by egg slices.
















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