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Yam Pepper Soup For Nursing Mothers With Ajumbaise (Ji mmiri oku)

This yam pepper soup is popularly eaten in Igbo land during the period of omugwo (the time when a young mother is pampered and taken care of after giving birth) this food is believed to help cleanse the uterus, pump sufficient breast milk and helps the vagina contrast back. This is achieved With the help of the following spices

Uda (Negro pepper) It serves as a natural contraceptive, helps in reducing the high rate of pregnancy among nursing mothers.

Uziza(African or black pepper) It enhances uterine contraction for expulsion of placenta and other residues after birth. It helps the uterine muscles to contrast back.

Ajumbaise It is a very good herb from a town in Imo state,Nigeria. It helps a nursing mother to drop down the pregnancy weight, it also helps to cleanse the womb of any remaining postnatal remains.

Ingredients used
1 small tuber of yam
1medium size stock fish
4 dried catfish
Uziza (African or black pepper)
Uda(Negro pepper)
Dry pepper
Salt to taste
Uziza leaf optional.
There’s no need for seasoning cubes especially during the first two weeks of delivery.

1) Grind the uda and Uziza to powder form.

2) Cut the yam to your desired size.

3) Wash the stock fish and the dried Catfish with Warm water and salt to clean off the dirt.

4) Wash the ajumbaise thoroughly with salt and cold water, don’t loosen it.

1) Put the ajumbaise inside a pot, add Water to cover it and cook for about 30 minutes till it brings out its colour.

2) Remove the ajumbaise from the pot, do not discard it, it can be reused for up to three  times.

3) Put your stock fish into the water, followed with uda and Uziza and cook till 60% done. I used the strong type of stockfish

4) Add the yam, followed with salt and dried pepper and allow to cook.

5) When  the yam is almost done, add the dried Catfish and crayfish. Cover the pot and cook for about 5 minutes.

5) Add the Uziza leaf (optional). Turn off the heat and serve hot.

When next you are visiting a friend or relative who just put to bed, this is what you prepare for them.

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