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Pounded yam recipe

yam is a
dough of
yam often eaten with a
vegetable soup or stew.
It is sometimes called
pounded iyan (Iyan being the
Yoruba word for pounded
yam). It is much like mashed
potatoes, but smoother,
heavier, and tastier.
It is a very popular African
food, especially in the middle
belt, eastern and southern
Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Cost
(Côte d'Ivoire), Benin and
some other parts of West
Pounded yam is classified as
a special delicacy. It is a
highly prestigious meal all
over Africa.
Pounded yam is thus an
authentic African food!
Presenting a dish of
pounded yam and ogbono
soup to visitors in Edo land
in Nigeria for example, is
considered a great act of
Traditionally, pounded yam
is made by boiling yams in a
pot, and once cooked, it is
placed in a mortar and
pounded or beaten into a
smooth textured dough with
a three – five foot tall
Thanks to modern
technology: there are now a
couple of ways now to ease
the preparation of pounded
yam. One way is by slicing
yam into small sizes, have
them pealed and place in a
yam pounder.
This automated electrical
device gets the yam
cooked. Once cooked, it
switches into a blending
mode and crushes the yam,
then mashes it into a
smooth semisolid paste or
The other way is even
easier and popular
especially outside Africa.
This involves yam been
processed into a dried
powder (dehydrated yam
flour) either by sun drying
yam or commercially using
desiccating machines.
All you need to do is sprinkle
the yam flour into a pot of
boiling water and stir the
mixture until you obtain your
desired texture, then you
allow this to cook for a few
minutes. You can see full
details of how to prepare
yam flour here at the
pounded yam recipe section.
Nutritional Value of Pounded
A meal of pounded yam with
vegetable soup provides a
very rich and balanced diet.
Yam in it self has been
hailed as one of the most
nutritious food known to
man. Apart from been rich in
fibre, protecting the bowel
against diseases like
diverticulitis, it is a great
source of vitamin C, vitamin
B6, magnesium, and
phosphorus. Yam also is rich
in protein.
Where to Buy Pounded Yam
Some pounded yam flour
contains sulfites as
preservatives. If you are
usually very allergic to food
preservatives, there are
chances that you may be
allergic to sulfites.
Please read the label of any
processed tuber flour, be it
yam or potatoes flours for
the presence of this
chemical. Note that not all
make of yam flours contains
Please read more on yam
You can buy pounded yam
flour from most African food
shops in major cities. We
stock pounded yam flour
too. It comes as a 500g bag,
2Kg, and 5 Kg.
Pounded Yam Flour

Pounded yam
is prepared as a main meal,
to be eaten with stew or the
real African soup.
This is one of the most
presitgious meals you could
request for in an African
Now you can prepare it at
hone. Just follow these
steps. Tweak the
preparation details to suit
your taste. This African food
item is suitable for
vegetarians and non-
vegetarians alike.
For two persons or two
Pounded yam flour - about
Cooking Pot
4 cups of water
Wooden spatula or mixer
Cooking Time
Estimated cooking time, 6
• Bring water to boil in a
cooking pot
• Once boiling, sprinkle
pounded yam flour into the
boiling water, and stir the
ensuing dough until your
desired texture is obtained.
• Sprinkle about a quarter
cup of water on the dough,
and cover the pot in low
heat and allow dough to
• Need dough thoroughly
with the wooden spatula to
desired smoothness
• Your pounded yam is
• Serve with vegetable and
fish or meat stew (egusi or
ogbono or edikaekon, or
banga soup)
The pounded yam recipe
presented here is how it is
commonly done with ready
made pounded yam flour. If
you prefer the pounded yam
to come out soft, just had
water peice-meal and stir.

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