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How to prepare Ampesi

How to prepare Ampesi

How To Prepare Ampesi. Ampesi is prepared with any tuber or popularly plantain. You can as well use cocoyam or yam.This food is very common among the akans of Ghana.

Kontomire stew also known as palava sauce is a Ghanaian delicacy made with cocoyam leaves.

The combination of the two gives an amazing dish that is easy to make, tasty and delicious. This meal can be eaten any time of day and surely is a family treat.

Follow the simple direction to make this at home from scratch.

 

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT KONTOMIRE?

Cocoyam leaf, an African Indigenous vegetable known as kontomire among the Akans in Ghana, is used to make sauces (‘kontomire’ stew) and soups(‘ebunebunu’).Local Names: Ganyen gwaza (Hausa), Akwukwo ede (lgbo), Ewe koko(Yoruba), Ikopong (Ibibio)

Cocoyam or Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is a starchy edible tuber. It bears broad greenish leaves.

It grows in several places around the world. We usually consume the roots tubers or its leaves. The leaves we locally call kontomire. Both the cocoyam roots and the leaves (kontomire) have many health benefits for the body.

It helps boast immune system, contains vitamin C that helps your vision. Improves digestion and prevent digestive problems, helps in weight loss as well.

Please Note: Cocoyam leaves should not be consumed ravw! They contain a toxin that irritates when not cooked properly.

This is why these leaves should be allowed to soak in cold, clean water for about 10 to 15 minutes before they are cooked!

Then, before using them to prepare your meal, thoroughly cook them to remove the toxic substance of water.If not properly cooked, it is usually itchy in the throat.

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RECIPE INGREDIENTS

FOR AMPESI

1/2 tuber yam

3 pieces unripe plantain

Salt to taste

FOR THE KONTOMIRE STEW

5 pieces kontomire (cocoyam) leaves

1 egg

2 fresh tomato

1/4 tablespoon turkey berries (optional)

1 medium-sized onions

1/2 inch ginger

2 tablespoons smoked fish

1/2 cup palm oil

Seasoning powder or cubes

2 teaspoon grounded shrimp

Salt

Pepper

Salted fish (Koobi)

 

 

DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO PREPARE AMPESI

AMPESI:

Using a sharp knife, peel yam and plantain into a bowl. Pour water on it and wash them thoroughly until clean.

In a large saucepan, pour water in it until half level. Arrange yam and plantain and place on medium high heat. Add salt to taste

Boil AMPESI until soft and tender for 15 minutes. Remove from fire and drain water from it.

Pour AMPESI in a bowl with lid and set aside warm.

 

KONTOMIRE STEW:

Wash kontomire and turkey berries thoroughly and put into a clean saucepan. Boil under medium heat until they are soft.

Blend onions, ginger, tomatoes, pepper and turkey berries together. Pour into a bowl and set aside. Grind KONTOMIRE in earthenware bowl until soft

Remove bones from the fish, wash it, break into pieces and set aside.

Place a saucepan on a medium heat and add oil.

Wash and cut salted fish into pieces and place in oil

Pour blended mixture into the oil and stir. Cook for 5 minutes.

Crack egg into a bowl and stir it for a while.

Add salmon, salt and seasoning cubes. Add grounded kontomire stir then add egg on top.

Simmer for about 10 minutes till the stew thickens. Serve with ampesi.

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How to prepare Ampesi

Serves: 2 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 100 calories 5 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • FOR AMPESI
  • 1/2 tuber yam
  • 3 pieces unripe plantain
  • Salt to taste
  • FOR THE KONTOMIRE STEW
  • 5 pieces kontomire (cocoyam) leaves
  • 1 egg
  • 2 fresh tomato
  • 1/4 tablespoon turkey berries (optional)
  • 1 medium-sized onions
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 2 tablespoons smoked fish
  • 1/2 cup palm oil
  • Seasoning powder or cubes
  • 2 teaspoon grounded shrimp
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Salted fish (Koobi)

Instructions

  • AMPESI:
  • Using a sharp knife, peel yam and plantain into a bowl. Pour water on it and wash them thoroughly until clean.
  • In a large saucepan, pour water in it until half level. Arrange yam and plantain and place on medium high heat. Add salt to taste
  • Boil AMPESI until soft and tender for 15 minutes. Remove from fire and drain water from it.
  • Pour AMPESI in a bowl with lid and set aside warm.
  • KONTOMIRE STEW:
  • Wash kontomire and turkey berries thoroughly and put into a clean saucepan. Boil under medium heat until they are soft.
  • Blend onions, ginger, tomatoes, pepper and turkey berries together. Pour into a bowl and set aside. Grind KONTOMIRE in earthenware bowl until soft
  • Remove bones from the fish, wash it, break into pieces and set aside.
  • Place a saucepan on a medium heat and add oil.
  • Wash and cut salted fish into pieces and place in oil
  • Pour blended mixture into the oil and stir. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Crack egg into a bowl and stir it for a while.
  • Add salmon, salt and seasoning cubes. Add grounded kontomire stir then add egg on top.
  • Simmer for about 10 minutes till the stew thickens. Serve with ampesi.

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