Yamarita is thinly sliced yams, dipped in seasoned eggs and coated with flour; then fried, it can be eaten alone or paired with any sauce of choice, but am pairing mine with Ata Dindin. Ata Dindin means “fried pepper”; my mum is Yoruba so I know the basics, wink. This Sauce is made with different Peppers ranging from Atarugu, Tatashe and others. I love eating fries with Hot pepper, so Ata Dindin is my choice. Ata Dindin can be eaten with different things too; Pasta, Rice, Potatoes etc.
Lets cook these beautiful babies, we will start with the Ata Dindin.You can adjust by adding or reducing the pepper to how you can tolerate it.
INGRIRDIENTS FOR ATA DINDIN
• 4 Red bell pepper( Tatashe)
• 8-10 Scotch bonnets (Atarugu)
• 5 large Shombo [Cayenne Pepper]
• Ginger [chopped]
• 1 teaspoon Curry
• 1 teaspoonThyme
• Salt to taste
• 3-4 Knorr Chicken cubes
• Vegetable oil
• Place Red bell pepper, Scotch Bonnets, Shombo, Onions, Garlic, and Ginger in a blender and blend roughly
• Strain the mixture
• Heat up vegetable oil on medium heat and add the mixture, stir and allow to fry for 1 minute.
• Add thyme, curry, Knorr cubes and salt and stir
• taste for seasoning and correct as desired Stir continuously for 20- 25minutes.
• You will know when it is ready when the oil comes up and the pepper fries on the spoon when you scoop some
• Our Ata Dindin is ready.
Oya! Lets make the Yamarita
INGREDIENTS FOR YAMARITA
• Half tuber of yam
• 2 eggs
• 1 Cup of all-purpose Flour
• ¼ tablespoon of curry
• ¼ tablespoon of thyme
• Salt to taste
• 1 Knorr Chicken cube
• Dried pepper
• Cut the yams into rectangular shapes and wash
• Place pot on fire , add the yams, salt and water to the same level as the yams and allow to cook for 7-1o minutes. ( We do not want the yams to be completely cooked because we will still fry them)
• Strain the yams and rinse with cold water
• In a bowl, break 2 eggs, add pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of dried pepper and whisk, set aside
• In another bowl, add 1 cup of Flour, ¼ tablespoon of curry, ¼ tablespoon of thyme, salt, 1 Knorr cube and stir thoroughly.
• Pick one yam, dip in the eggs, then coat with Flour mixture and place on a tray
• Repeat this process for all the yams.
• Heat up some oil in a pan, (we do not need too much oil for frying Yamarita), then place the yams one by one in the oil and fry on low heat
• Turn them over to the other side and fry until brown
Our Yamarita is ready; it is an excellent finger food, snack or meal. I’m having mine with the Ata Dindin we made earlier.