YAM PEPPER SOUP FOR NURSING MOMS

a serving of yam pepper soup with fish
A serving of yam pepper soup with fish.
Yam pepper soup for new mothers is cooked without oil, can be cooked with any meat of choice. It goes well with chicken (local chicken not broilers). You can use goat meat, ram, beef, dried fish, fresh fish and so on but I think fish and chicken are healthier options. Different parts of Nigeria serve this meal to women who just gave birth to babies but, there are slight variations with ingredients and consistency. The name says it's great for nursing moms. I am not nursing any baby right now but made it because it's good for everyone. Very nutritious. Yam pepper soup is one of Nigeria's many delicacies prepared especially for postpartum moms, to help
heat up the system and clear all left overs in there. It is used in many parts of Nigeria. The very day a woman gives birth to her baby, she is served this energizing delicacy to help cleanse and improve energy lost in the labour room. This yam pepper soup is cooked and served almost daily for the first few weeks after delivery and it actually helps. Oilless yam pepper soup is cooked with herbs and local spices but not in all cases, depending on the new mom's tolerance for spices. For those who love pepper, it is cooked very spicy. I cooked with just a little pepper so the kids too can eat. Doesn't require many ingredients, easy to make and very delicious.


Cooking yam pepper soup for nursing moms

a pot of yam pepper soup with fish

Yam pepper soup cooked with fish

INGREDIENTS:
1 small tuber yam
1 large croaker 
fresh peppers
salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 handful uziza leaves
 seasoning cubes
Water

HOW TO COOK YAM PEPPER SOUP FOR NURSING MOTHERS

DIRECTION:
  1. Cut the peeled yam into small pieces  the size you like and wash.
  2. P;ace yam cubes in a cooking pot, add water to the level of the yam in the pot and turn on the stove.
  3. Add all ingredients except the uziza leaves, fish and salt. cover to boil. When it boils, add some salt and the washed fish. Leave to cook with the lid on but check occasionally and stir gently because of the fish. When yam gets soft and sauce begins to thicken, check for salt, add the uziza leaves and cover to simmer for about 5 minutes so the aroma can seep into the delicious pot of oilless yam porridge. Satisfied with the taste and thickness? Should be a bit watery please.
  4. Serve hot to postpartum mom and other family members who are interested.
  5. Enjoy!

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