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Mostly, yam is boiled and eaten in its solid form. However, there is another dimension of yam which is very enjoyable and also very easy to make. Pounded yam is a good alternative to fufu and goes with most soups.
2 pounds of yam
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of butter
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
Carefully peel the yam with a peeler or knife. Make you sure you don't cut yourself.
Cut the peeled yam into small chunks and boil in a pan of water for 20-25 minutes.
Once the yam is soft you remove it and allow to cool.
Put the cooled yam in a bowl with the salt, black pepper and butter.
Mash the contents in the bowl using a masher.
Place the mixture in a food processor, and run briefly to remove lumps. Make sure not to puree!
Place the mixture in a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or wire whisk until smooth. Remember the mixture should be sticky and slightly elastic.
Shape the pounded yam into equal round sizes and serve with some.
You can have the pounded yam with some groundnut or palmnut soup.
Nigerian Suya is a very popular spicy street food usually patronised by West Africans.