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.
• 4 Red bell pepper( Tatashe)
• 8-10 Scotch bonnets (Atarugu)
•  5 large Shombo [Cayenne Pepper]
•1large Onion
• Garlic[chopped]
• 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

• 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.





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