Here are all the different yam recipes in Nigeria that are delicious enough to spark up my appetite. Do you have a tuber of yam in your hand but lack the necessary skill to turn it into a delicious meal? I want to help you out with that.
Over the past few years I have experimented heavily on yams and other Nigerian foods to discover even recipes that were initially unknown to humanity, I have also dedicated this year to even further experimentation on Nigerian foods.
So here I am going to focus on the different kinds of recipes for yam that would surely spark up your appetite. My list would include porridge yam, pepper soup yam, tomato sauce and white yam as well as some native recipe I that I only get a chance to eat when I am in the village.
There are food I can’t find in my part of Nigeria, although the list is very small but some of them are just too hard to forgo.
What you find below is one of such foods, this is cooked white yam with a different kind of sauce that you wouldn’t find anywhere in the urban areas. The sauce was made with utazi, ground dry pepper, palm oil, salt, and another local ingredients called ugba or ukpaka which is the main reason why this recipe is hard to find in the urban areas.
What you find below is the image of cooked white yam with my favorite palm oil sauce
I have another delicious yam recipe in mind, I decided to try an idea in my head and it turned out very delicious. It was sort of a coincidence though, I had chicken wings in my refrigerator, the robust kind of chicken that is popularly called ‘Orobo’ in Nigeria. I made porridge yam with mashed chicken Wings.
This was actually easy to make, this is the usual porridge yam with a simple tweek, Porridge yam is one of my favorite yam recipes, visit the main page for my Porridge yam With Mashed Chicken and another kind of porridge made with vegetables/tomatoes.
This page is exclusively about all the different yam recipes that I have made or eaten in Nigeria.
The country Nigeria is made up of over three hundred different ethnic groups and languages, in total there are over twenty different yam recipes in Nigeria but I am focusing mainly on the popular recipes, the ones that are acceptable by almost every citizen of Nigeria.
If you are dating or married to a Nigerian person you can surprise him/her with anyone of the recipes listed on this page, except the very few that are indigenous to certain tribes of Nigeria.
In my Lagos home we have four different ways of preparing yam. It is either porridge yam, tomato sauce yam, Pepper Soup Yam (Ji Mmiri Oku) or fried yam which is often combined with other foods to make a perfect breakfast or dinner in most cases. Among all of this yam recipes I think I like Peppersoup yam better than The rest of them, the only problem is that it is the most expensive of all recipe for yam in Nigeria because of the use of catfish.
Catfish is one of the most popular fish eaten in Nigeria it is used for preparing yam peppersoup as well as the popular point and kill peppersoup that you find in major Nigerian restaurants and food joints.
The yam pepper soup is very easy to make, the process is similar to that of Point And Kill (Cat Fish) Peppersoup, with slight differences.
Aside all that I have listed above, there are several other uses of yam in Nigeria, the chief being ‘pounded yam’. The name ‘pounded yam’ is a popular Nigerian yam recipe which is often served alongside other Nigerian soups
Pounded yam is just yam that is cooked and pounded with mortar and pestle and then served with any of the Popular Nigerian soups
Finally, lets talk a little bit about vegetable/tomato sauce that is usually made for yam. Another delicious way to eat yam is by serving with vegetable/tomato sauce.
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