Saturday, 23 March 2013

Ojojo: A Nigerian Snack

I’m not sure what the English name would be for ‘Ojojo,’ but what I do know is that it is grated water yam to which onions and spices are added. It’s kinda like akara (fried bean cake) or mosa.
It’s pretty easy to make; the downside, it’s deep fried. Although I’m sure it can be baked as well, though it might take longer before it browns. It’s a once in blue moon snack, so indulge, will you?!
To learn how to make, here’s what you’ll need:
1 s water yam aka Puerto Rico Yam
1/2 s red onion
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp scotch bonnet pepper or dried red pepper
Canola oil
1. Peel skin off water yam. Cut into large chunks. Grate each chunk using the smallest side.
2. Dice onions. Add to grated yam, along with salt and pepper. Beat/mix thoroughly with your hand or wooden spoon.
3. Preheat oil in a fry pan or deep fryer. Scoop the yam mix into hot oil using your hand or tablespoon (I used my hand).

4. Let underside cook till golden brown (about 2-3 minutes). Flip and let other side cook till golden brown as well.

5. Remove and put on paper towel to absorb excess oil. Serve hot.
Also, once you add the salt to the yam, the consistency/ texture will change somewhat and become fluffier, just a heads up. It’s still yummy and doesn’t change the taste of the dish.

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