Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce is usually served with yam in Nigeria. It is quite easy to prepare. What you find below is tomato sauce and fried yam. It goes both as a perfect breakfast meal in Nigerian and could also serve as dinner. I like this particularly because it keeps the stomach light and it is simple to prepare.

Tomato Sauce

You will learn how we make tomato sauce in Nigeria as well as all the different kinds of foods that goes along with nicely made tomato sauce.

Like I already said ‘I like to experiment widely on Nigerian foods, I have in different occasioned combined different strange ingredients to create a completely different recipes, I have even at one point served bread and Moi Moi, funny right? But it tasted nice.

I learned about that combination as a student.

Here is how the recipe above was prepared, this combination can be taken with tea, or a soft drink of choice, I like orange juice (freshly made). We actually ate this food some days back, Chima made it for the family. It was served with pap.

Ingredients for 4 persons; you can increase or decrease depending on the number of persons you are looking to serve.

Yam (2 kg)
Ten balls of tomatoes (for the sauce)
Fresh pepper to taste (for the sauce)
1 cup of sliced onions.
1 cube of knorr or maggi
Groundnut/vegetable oil

I bet you probably know how to fry the yam, but I am just going to go over it in a rush before we talk about how to make tomato sauce.

Peel off the back of the yam, slice to any size of your choice and deep fry. It is necessary to add a little bit of salt before frying, some people add salt to the oil but that is not adviceable.

Fry for few minutes always turning up and down to avoid burning.

Here is how we make tomato sauce for the recipe above.

You can use a frying pan or a cooking pot to make the sauce.

Set the pot on fire, add about 20cl of groundnut/vegetable oil, allow to heat then pour in the chopped or blended tomatoes/pepper.

Fry for about ten minutes and add the onions. Fry (while stirring occasionally for another ten to fifteen minutes to lose the lousy sour taste, add a cube of maggi, salt, you can also add fluted pumpkin
(although it wasn’t used in the recipe above).

Taste for salt and pepper.
You can serve with the fried yam, potatoes, plantain and of course a cup tea.

I like this best when served with pap (akamu),

Akamu (pap, ogi) is very simple to prepare, it takes the same process as custard. I made the simple video below to help you with the process

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  1. Janene  December 5, 2012

    Thanks for this recipe, I am looking forward to learning so much about Nigerian foods. Your tomato sauce recipe is quite interesting, I tried it just yesterday and it turned out perfect

  2. Chumy  July 17, 2013

    Yaw! This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes, thanks.

  3. Jerry  July 31, 2013

    Thanks for all the tips and tricks for making Nigerian foods. I am a bachelor (getting married soon) and know very little about making foods, I eat mostly in restaurants but one day I decided to make stew for rice and dabbled into your site. Since then I have tried many of your recipes, this ‘tomato sauce for yam’ is really great. I just finished eating and thought it would be good to say a big thank you. Please I need to purchase your ebook so I can make more delicious foods. I may even end up surprising my fiancee. Thanks

  4. The Nigerian Kitchen  July 31, 2013

    Hello Jerry, thanks for your great feedback, also for your order. I just want to be able to share what I know with great people like you.

  5. Jerry  July 31, 2013

    Thanks peace, you are the best!!!

  6. Queensly  November 23, 2013

    Thanks i ve learnt alot pls ma what about your book how can i get one please you can email me.

  7. aderonke  February 17, 2014

    i have a question do i have to blend the pepper and tomatoes together

    • Chy Anegbu  February 19, 2014

      Yes, you can blend both together

  8. Vivian  March 4, 2014

    Tanx i wil surprise my husband

  9. Stephani Nnadi  June 11, 2015

    Chy n her Crew Chineke gozi’e un’u

  10. Stephanie Nnadi  June 11, 2015

    chia! see food, i think its time to get married#hahahahahahaha#

  11. Stephanie  June 11, 2015

    i got to order the book oooooo, i will introduce my sisters here no be everytime junk junk. Chy thank u ok

  12. blessing o  July 22, 2015

    very nice,can i eat the sauce with rice?

  13. Gladys  August 24, 2015

    Nice one Chy,at times I get confused as to what I can make for the family but now it gets easier thanks to your site!i really appreciate you

  14. Helen O. Eweka  August 27, 2015

    I want to know to cook ofadar Rice and Stew.

  15. esther  February 19, 2016

    what a lovely sauce i try it today and my children eat well thank u

  16. olabode  May 5, 2016

    waaooo, so interesting topic… thanks.


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