Iyan (Pounded Yams)
African yams are not readily available elsewhere in the world, so regular yams may be substituted.
Â Â Â * 4 yams, peeled (canned yams may be substituted, if necessary)
Â Â Â * Water
Â Â Â * Salt, to taste
Â Â 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.
Â Â 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.
Â Â 3. Drain the yams and place them into a blender (or mash by hand). Blend until smooth.
Â Â 4. Season with salt and serve with soup or stew.