DIY Recipes: How to make Mackerel and Herrings Mpotopoto

Mpotopoto is homely, comforting and heavenly.

Mackerel and Herrings Mpotopoto

Slow-cooked cocoyam with smoked herrings and mackerel, Mpotopoto is a real comfort food any time, any day.


1 kg cocoyam

3 medium-sized tomatoes

1 large onion

Pepper as required

Momoni as required Optional

½ medium-sized smoked mackerel

5 large smoked herrings

1 teaspoon grounded dried fish

1 teaspoon grounded dried shrimp

1/2 cup palm oil

5 cups water or as required


Peel and cut coco-yam into bite sizes. Remove the skin of the mackerel and herrings and break them into bite sizes. Wash coco-yam and put into a medium saucepan. Add tomatoes, onion and pepper, momoni and water. Put on medium heat to boil for about five to six minutes.

Remove tomatoes, onions and pepper into a bowl and add in herrings, mackerel, grounded shrimp, fish and salt. Reduce heat to low and let it simmer slowly.

As coco-yam is simmering, blend or grind the tomatoes, pepper and onions and put it back into the simmering coco-yam. Simmer for about fifteen to twenty minutes till tender. Add in palm oil and stir.

Simmer for additional two or three minutes and serve.


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