Iyan (Pounded Yam)
African yams are not readily available elsewhere in the world, so regular yams may be substituted.
Ingredients For Iyan, Pounded Yam
* 4 yams, peeled (canned yams may be substituted, if necessary)
* Salt, to taste
1. Rinse the yams in water and slice them into chunks. Place chunks in a large pot or saucepan. If substituting canned yams, pour the contents of the can into a saucepan, but do not add additional water.
2. Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, about 20 minutes (10 minutes for canned yams), or until soft enough that a fork is easily inserted.
3. Drain the yams and place them into a blender (or mash by hand). Blend until smooth.
4. Season with salt and serve with soup or stew.
Igbo Day is a festival of Iri-ji , which means, “new-yam eating”. It is held by the Igbo people in Nigeria in August and is a day to celebrate the end of the cultivation season. The oldest man in the community performs the solemn ritual of eating the first new yam. This ritual is meant to express the community’s appreciation to the gods for making the harvest of farm crops possible. Only yams are served at the festival.