Yam is one of the African favourites as a stable food; so important is Yam in Africa that you will most times find the people of certain villages and town celebrating new yam festival.
The African man has relied on Yam as a staple food for so long that, it is almost impossible to imagine the African man living without having yam in his diet.
Yam is sometimes boiled and eaten with stew, fried eggs or oil. It can also be roasted and taken as a snack but the most popular food that makes yam king in terms of stable food is pounded yam.
My reason for writing this piece is to teach or guide you in your quest to fry yam and here are the guidelines.
- Yam tubers
- Groundnut oil
Steps on How to fry Yam
- Cut the yam and peel off its dirty outer layer.
- Cut the yam into small pieces.
- Wash the yam and when clean you may rinse it.
- Pour salt in the water where the yam is rinsed.
- Put groundnut oil on fire and allow to heat
- Then you start putting the small pieces of yam in the heated oil
- Allow the yam to fry for 20minutes; you may add small amounts of water to the heated oil while frying.
Fried Yam in Yoruba is known as dundu and it is the popular name for it in Nigeria. Fried yam is most times taken with pepper stew and ponmo but nothing stops the stew from being accompanied with fish, meat and snails.
Dundu has gained prominence as a party food and most times, you will hear people say they want ‘Dundu alata’ in parties and young people are now making a business out of it as caterers.
Yam in Africa has a status that can’t be equated with most stable foods; it will interest you that the new yam festival in certain towns and villages in Africa happens to be one of the most important events of the year and is chaired by important dignitaries from such locality.
The influence of yam as a stable food can also be noticed in popular African literature as the new yam festival is always included in the events and activities of most Nigerian literature in the past and present- in short, Chinua Achebe made readers understand the importance of yam in his world-famous book titled ‘things fall apart’ and Wole Soyinka went as far as stating that ‘Yams do not sprout in Amulets’ in his poem titled Abiku.
In Yoruba, Yam is called Isu and pronounced ‘e-shu’, the importance of yam in the everyday life of the African man cannot be overemphasized.
In the past a man who has an abundance of yam in his store is thought to be one of the richest men at the time and presently, it is being linked to research on the birth of twins in a particular town in Ife.
Yam happens to be one of the very important foods for the African man.