Yam porridge is one of the easiest and most popular Nigerian foods.
Several people have made porridge yams using different recipes – some are simple while the rest are not. One advantage of this recipe is that anyone can follow it to get exactly what you are seeing below.
This is the everyday porridge yam you make in your home with fresh tomatoes, pepper, salt, etc.
Fresh tomatoes in pottage! 😀
The average Nigerian doesn’t use fresh tomatoes, but if you want to get something that looks really yummy and inviting, the type you only see at 5-star restaurants and eateries, then you need tomato paste.
About Yam Recipes
Several yam recipes exists in Nigeria across the many tribes and ethnic groups that live in Nigeria. Over the last few years, I have tried several of them and loving it so far.
Recently, I made yamarita, a popular Hausa recipe. I am sure you are going to love it. Yamirita is just fried egg-coated yams.
Today, however, we will focus on yam porridge.
Yam is one of the major staple foods in Nigeria.
Ingredients for Porridge yam
2Kg/ 2000g peeled white yam
Half cup of ground crayfish
1 seasoning cubes.
150 ml of palm oil.
300ml Ground fresh tomatoes
Small ground fresh Peppers
1 cup of Sliced Onions
I can actually make this yam porridge in just 20 minutes once you have all the ingredients prepared.
Peel off the bark of the yam, slice to serve-able sizes, wash and set aside. Also slice or grind the tomatoes, fresh pepper and a cup of crayfish. I use lots of onions while making most foods, just for its health benefits.
Sliced Yams Below
How to Make Porridge Yam
Pour 150ml of palm oil into a cooking pot, allow to heat and bleach a little (about two minutes). Add half of the sliced onions. Pour in the ground tomatoes/peppers.
Fry the ground tomatoes/pepper and onions for five to ten minutes, add water and transfer the sliced yams. Add water so that the yam pieces are almost submerged in water (but not completely submerged). Allow boiling then add crayfish, a seasoning cube, salt and allow to cook for the next ten minutes.
Add the remaining sliced onions.
Cover and allow to cook for another 5 minutes.
You can pierce with a cooking fork to know if the yam is soft enough for consumption. You can add vegetable, it is very nice for porridge yam even though I omitted it while making the delicious recipe above.
Cook for another three to five minutes and you just made my favorite yam porridge.
Stir all together, keep stirring till it thickens.
Here is a plate of Nigerian porridge yam, this is the most popular recipe in our home. We love vegetables!
So while you don’t see vegetables added in the yam porridge you buy from eateries and restaurants, you can add them when you make it in your own kitchen.
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Yam Porridge Recipe | Igbo Recipe
- 2.5 KG yam.
- 1/2 cup ground crayfish
- 2 seasoning cubes.
- 100 ml of palm oil.
- 300 ml ground fresh tomatoes
- Ground fresh Peppers
- 1 cup of Sliced Onions
- Peel off the bark of the yam, slice to serve-able sizes, wash and set aside.
- Grind the tomatoes, fresh pepper and half cup of crayfish.
- Slice the onions
- Pour 150ml of palm oil into a cooking pot, allow to heat and bleach a little (about two minutes). Add half of the sliced onions. Pour in the ground tomatoes/peppers.
- Fry the ground tomatoes/pepper and onions for ten minutes, add water and transfer the sliced yams. Allow boiling then add crayfish, a seasoning cube, salt and allow to cook for the next ten minutes.
- Add the remaining sliced onions.
- Cover and allow to cook for another 5 minutes.
- Check if the yams are soft - use a cooking fork.
- Once the yams are soft, stir together. Stir till it thickens.
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