Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups of cornmeal
- 1 cup of grated yam
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
Special equipment needed:
- Large mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Pot for boiling water
- Slotted spoon
- Food processor or grater
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, grated yam, and salt. Mix well.
2. Add water to the mixture and stir until well combined.
3. Place the mixture on medium heat and stir continuously until it thickens and forms a dough-like consistency.
4. Remove from heat and add butter. Mix well.
5. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.
6. Grease your hands with vegetable oil and roll the mixture into small balls.
7. In a pot of boiling water, add the balls and cook for 10-15 minutes or until they float to the surface.
8. Use a slotted spoon to remove the balls from the water and place them on a plate to cool.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Substitutions for ingredients:
- Cornmeal can be substituted with cassava flour or yam flour.
- Grated yam can be substituted with grated cassava or plantain.
- Add chopped onions, garlic, and chili pepper to the mixture for added flavor.
- Instead of rolling the mixture into balls, shape them into patties and fry them for a crispy texture.
Tips and tricks:
- Use warm water to mix the ingredients for a smoother consistency.
- Grease your hands with vegetable oil to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands.
- Add more water if the mixture is too dry or more cornmeal if it is too wet.
Store the balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat the balls in the microwave or oven until heated through.
Arrange the balls on a plate and sprinkle with chopped herbs or spices for added color and flavor.
Garnish with chopped parsley, cilantro, or green onions.
Serve with a spicy tomato sauce or peanut sauce.
Suggested side dishes:
Serve with a side of fried plantains or steamed vegetables.
If the mixture is too dry, add more water. If it is too wet, add more cornmeal.
Food safety advice:
Make sure the balls are cooked all the way through before serving.
Akple and yam balls are traditional West African dishes that have been enjoyed for generations.
The balls have a mild, slightly sweet flavor with a soft, chewy texture.
Serve as a main dish or as a snack.
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