Yamarita is a popular Nigerian dish that originates from the Hausa tribe in the Northern part of the country. It is made by deep-frying boiled yam slices coated in a mixture of flour and spices, and is usually served as a breakfast or snack item. Yamarita is a delicious and filling dish that can be enjoyed by both vegans and non-vegans.
To make Yamarita, you will need the following ingredients:
1 medium-sized yam
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil (for frying)
Kitchen equipment needed:
Calories per serving: 250-300 (depending on size of yam and amount of oil absorbed during frying)
Allergy concerns: This recipe contains gluten from the all-purpose flour. If you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity, you can use a gluten-free flour substitute. Additionally, if you are allergic to any of the spices used, feel free to omit or substitute with another spice.
Spicy level: This recipe is not spicy, but you can add cayenne pepper or chili powder to the flour mixture for some heat.
Healthy alternatives: Instead of deep-frying, you can bake the yam slices in the oven at 400°F for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through. You can also use a healthier oil such as avocado oil or coconut oil for frying.
Peel the yam and slice it into 1/2 inch thick rounds.
In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add the yam slices. Boil for 8-10 minutes until the yam is tender.
While the yam is boiling, in a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Slowly add the water, whisking until the batter is smooth and thick.
Heat the vegetable oil in a deep pot or fryer until it reaches 375°F on a deep-fry thermometer.
Using tongs, dip each yam slice in the batter, coating it evenly.
Carefully place the yam slice in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Using tongs, remove the yam slice from the oil and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.
Repeat with the remaining yam slices and batter.
Serve hot and enjoy!
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