Elephant Foot Yam

This may look like a chunky piece of a meteorite but since I discovered it in a food shop, I had to believe them when they told me it was edible….an Elephant Foot Yam. I had no idea what I was going to make with this, or in fact if I was ever going to eat this coal-like meteorite, nevertheless curiosity got the better of me, and I brought it home. I’m so glad I did though! Would you believe me if I say it almost tasted like meat? It cooked really well, and now I want to buy some more!

Elephant Foot Yam
Elephant Foot Yam

The first thing to do was to just cut through it to see what was inside!??

Elephant Foot Yam
Elephant Foot Yam

Despite the tough looking exterior, it was a lot easier to cut through than a butternut squash! The fleshy interior looked promising, so next was to get rid of the dark exterior bits. A sharp knife with a strong grip is definitely called for doing this job, but its not difficult.

Elephant Foot Yam
Elephant Foot Yam

I didn’t want to dry out the interior fleshy bit as it was deceptively moist when I looked at how dry the exterior skin was. I cubed up the pieces into bite size pieces as I couldn’t wait to cook them.

Elephant Foot Yam
Elephant Foot Yam

The raw pieces did not taste nice. I would not recommend them at all….believe me!

I sprinkled some salt and stir fried them using a little oil just to get some texture on the outside as I wasn’t sure if they would fall apart if I over cooked them.

Elephant Foot Yam
Elephant Foot Yam

They turned up pretty well, so I chopped up some onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies and decided to make a rich meat curry sauce to go with these pieces. I sauted these with some cumin seeds in a paella skillet.

Elephant Foot Yam
Elephant Foot Yam

Once these had softened up a little, it was time to add some fresh juicy plum tomatoes.

Elephant Foot Yam
Elephant Foot Yam

I would have had complaints from the boys that there were too many onions, big tomato pieces etc…etc… so I had to blitz this all in a blender before I added the yam pieces to this.

Elephant Foot Yam
Elephant Foot Yam

Adding some salt, black pepper, meat curry powder and I had a nice spicy looking meat curry sauce ready for my Elephant Foot Yam!

Elephant Foot Yam
Elephant Foot Yam

 I was super-surprised at how delicious they had turned out! I couldn’t wait to try them, as soon as they had cooked through. My guess was, once they soften a little where I could break a piece using the back of the wooden spoon, it was cooked through.

This curry was amazing. It felt a tad bit dry with a naan bread on its own, but I was way too impatient to try anything else with this. I would suggest a little bit of gravy would be better than it being dry, so next time I intend to add some chicken stock to this or vegetable stock if I want to keep it vegetarian. Cover and simmer for a few minutes and perhaps adding a fresh tangy tomato salad with it, on a bed of rice! Yum……

This fleshy piece of vegetable needs a definitely come back into my kitchen! Specially since Wikipedia says this vegetable is full of fantastic nutrition. But then, which vegetable isn’t packed full of the good stuff we need?

Let me know if you find a piece of meteorite in your local store? !

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