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How To Prepare Pounded Yam

How To Prepare Pounded Yam

Pounded yam or Íyàn is a Nigerian food native to the Yoruba, Igbo, Ebira and Tiv ethnic groups. 

It is traditional food and is prepared by pounding boiled yam with a mortar and pestle.

Pounded yam is similar to mashed potatoes but heavier. It is a smooth and tasty delicacy traditionally eaten with the hands.

You can serve pounded yam with Egusi soup, Stewed Spinach, Okra soup, Jute leaves soup – ewedu and Ogbono soup

 

 

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

1 tuber Yam puna yam, true yam, or African yam.

Water

 

 

DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO PREPARE POUNDED YAM

Peel the skins off the yams. Look for spoiled spots, such as bruising and discoloration, while peeling. Remove the spots with the tip of your knife.

Slice them into about ½ inch thickness.

Rinse and place the yams in a pot and add enough water to cover the Yam.

Cover and cook the yams for about 30 minutes, checking every 10 minutes until the yams are tender and soft. Drain and reserve the water.

Put the boiled yams inside the food processor and blend. Start blending, pulse for 20-30 seconds, then check for smoothness. 

I move the yam puree around with a spoon between pulses to ensure even blending. 

Add 1-2 tablespoons of the reserved water as needed until you achieve desired texture. Pounded yam should be stretchy and soft. 

Wrap in parchment paper or plastic wrap.

Serve with your favorite soup or stew

 

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How To Prepare Pounded Yam

Pounded yam is similar to mashed potatoes but heavier. It is a smooth and tasty delicacy traditionally eaten with the hands.

  • PPot
  • MMortar and pestle
  • 1 tuber Yam puna yam (true yam, or African yam.)
  • Water
  1. Peel the skins off the yams. Look for spoiled spots, such as bruising and discoloration, while peeling. Remove the spots with the tip of your knife.
  2. Slice them into about ½ inch thickness.
  3. Rinse and place the yams in a pot and add enough water to cover the Yam.
  4. Cover and cook the yams for about 30 minutes, checking every 10 minutes until the yams are tender and soft. Drain and reserve the water.
  5. Put the boiled yams inside the food processor and blend. Start blending, pulse for 20-30 seconds, then check for smoothness.
  6. I move the yam puree around with a spoon between pulses to ensure even blending.
  7. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the reserved water as needed until you achieve desired texture. Pounded yam should be stretchy and soft.
  8. Wrap in parchment paper or plastic wrap.
  9. Serve with your favorite soup or stew
Side Dish
African, Nigeria

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