Pounded yam is one of the many yam recipes in Nigeria. it is very delicious and also very popular. I like it best when it is served with egusi soup.
Most folks outside the shores of Nigeria are yet to completely grasp idea behind pounding yam. On this page I want to tell you everything you will need to know about this recipe as well as how to prepare pounded yam.

There are many Nigerians that can’t do without pounded yam certainly because it is an integral part of the foods eaten in Nigeria, if you are new to Nigerian foods I am going to help you understand what is pounded yam with a very simple definition down the page.

Over the past few days I have focused more on different Nigerian yam recipes, I started by suggesting the different ways to turn a tuber of yam into a delicious meal.

I started with porridge yam and then delved into other recipes like pepper soup yam, How To Make Tomato Sauce for Yam as well as other tips and tricks for turning a tuber of yam into a delicious meal.

Pounding yam

Pounded yam

I have been making Nigerian foods for the past seventeen years, I have tried several known recipes and even created a few recipes by myself many of which I have made public either via article on this site, my YouTube channel or my Free Weekly Newsletters

If you are looking to make delicious Nigerian foods, you are surely at the best place in the world, there is no other place you get a complete resource for making all known Nigerian foods, I have also written about foods eaten by different Nigerian tribe as well as other Delicious Nigeria Cuisines

Let’s commence with the topic of the day – I have received lots of questions about how to prepare pounded yam but like I promised initially I am going to help you to understand this topic first in case you are new to Nigerian foods.

Pounded yam in a simple definition is simply boiled white yam that has undergone the process of pounding, there are other simple ways to achieve this recipe, people have been able to synthesis the process and taken away the “pounding”, they have been able to produce yam flour that takes about ten minutes of stirring overheat to produce pounded yam.

That is just one way to prepare this food even though most people stick with the old traditional way of pounding boiled yam, at least you will be very sure that you are dealing with 100% pure yam. Beside it is a lot cheaper if you decide to pound the yam yourself instead of buying packed yam flour.

To prepare pounded yam you would need

Tubers of yam
Cooking pot
A kitchen Knife

If you have all the above-listed items already then we are ready for the preparation of pounded yam.

Go ahead and peel off the brown outer layer of the yam, slice and wash the white part with lots of clean water. Transfer into a cooking pot and start cooking with just water. Be sure that the sliced yams are almost completely submerged in water.

Cook for ten to fifteen minutes then check to see if the yams are soft enough for pounding, you can check with a kitchen fork by piercing. Once the yams are soft enough for pounding you are ready for the pounding part. Be sure that the water is not completely dried because you will need it while pounding the yam.

Sometimes the yam get very strong during pounding that you will need to add a little water while pounding, you can use ordinary water but the water left after cooking the yam is most suitable.

Pick with a fork and transfer into a mortar then go ahead and pound with a pestle, pound until the yam are seedless and can easily be molded, you can add water and pound until you have a smooth soft pounded yam.

You need to know that the yam used for the preparation of pounded yam must have stayed for at least three months on the surface, we don’t use newly harvested yams for the preparation of pounded.

Pounded yam in Nigerian is not eaten alone but served with any of the numerous Nigerian soups, it goes best with egusi or bitter leaf soup. and it can be substituted with eba, semo or fufu
I am yet to figure out a way to preserve this food over twenty-four hours. So just pound only what you can consume within 12 hours

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  1. Miss P  July 21, 2013

    Wow! This appears to be the easiest of all the recipes on this site, I can boil and pound yam… After that we can than talk about the soup. I have a pair of mortar and pestle that has been stashed away in my cupboard for ages, it is time to put them to work

  2. Mia  July 21, 2013

    Can I use yam flour instead of pounding yam, I hear there are easy ways of doing this without going through the process of pounding.

  3. The Nigerian Kitchen  July 22, 2013

    Hello Mia, I believe poundo yam will serve the exact purpose, although I have not tried it but it seem to be really nice… from what I hear

  4. Rita  August 9, 2013

    The best pounded yam I have eaten was served with egusi soup. The egusi soup was very delicious because it was made with fresh fish (catfish) and washed utazi leave… It was super delicious. Thanks for teaching me all of this wonderful recipes. Keep the work going

  5. Mia  August 9, 2013

    Thank you Chy for your contribution to humanity, I have learned to make lots of the recipes of Nigeria by following your site. Your emails are very informational. I just purchased the 50 Delicious Nigerian Recipe (eGuide), before this time I purchased a cookbook from another lady that was so boring to read! Your eGuide is truely the best in the world and I would advise everyone to get it. Thanks for the tips and tricks, the pounded yam and all, it has been a wonderful year for me and my family, thanks. Mia from Ghana

  6. Miracle  August 11, 2013

    You guys are welcomed to the Nigerian kitchen. Pounded yam is one of such foods that are eaten by almost every Nigerian. You can combine with anyone of the many soups of Nigeria, I like it best egusi soup; thanks for your contributions. You can learn to make other delicious Nigerian foods. Feel free to check around

  7. Amarachi Ukwandu  July 9, 2014

    OMG! I love to eat this and egusi soup, my uncle made this egusi soup with catfish and also pounded yam, menn, it was beyond delicious. I ate twice. lol

  8. Chikwado  July 9, 2014

    Thanks for the info, you have really improved my cooking since I started following your site and emails, God bless you. thanks

  9. Aghedo Laura  May 30, 2016

    Thanks Ma its my first time of pounding yam today 30th of May,2016. its came out superb am grateful because my hubby really enjoyed it

  10. wale  June 15, 2017

    Pls how many tuber of yam can feed twelve people

  11. Saleem Muhammad  October 25, 2017

    Maybe ten

  12. Emmanuel Elom  December 14, 2017

    O Thank You A Lot For A Quit Felicitous Information About How To Prepare pounded yam, One Of My Best Food I Can Say You Have Done Much

  13. Bolanle  May 21, 2018

    Wow this is good

  14. Regina David  October 28, 2018


  15. Chidinma  December 5, 2018

    Thanks Chi. God bless you.

  16. Hope  December 26, 2018

    Tanks MA, well this is my first time to pound yam ND I really wanna give it a try, will give u feetback

    • Chy Anegbu  December 29, 2018

      Ok, I will be waiting.


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