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How to make Pounded Yam

How to make Pounded Yam

  • One Pot/Pan

Learn to make African Pounded Yam the easy way!

  • 5 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • Easy



If you love African food then you are sure to want to learn to make some homemade Pounded Yam to go along with most of your favorite dishes. 

How to make Pounded Yam

For this recipe I will teach you how to make “pounded yam” the easy way. With yam flour!

Pounded Yam is often enjoyed beside many West African dishes kind of like rice or potatoes.  If you haven’t tried it before, then you may be in for a pleasant surprise.


  • To make pounded yam you will need a pot and a wood spoon.
  • Then you will want to bring the water to a boil, turn down the water to low heat
  • Then slowly pour the flour into the hot water and mix it hard and fast till it forms a ball like you see below. “which helps to slightly pound the yam flour while it cooks in the hot water”
  • Serve and enjoy!


It is often served with Nigerian Chicken Stew or Meat Red Stew

Nigerian Red Stew

Today you can make it in less than 5 minutes and that is because there is actually no pounding involved.
That is if you buy the “flour” and make it the quicker way.
Of course the original method had people cooking whole yams and then peeling and pounding them in a large mortar, however that is no longer necessary.

Pounded Yam

I like to purchase my pounded yam from my local Indian grocery, they tend to have it in the African isle next to the ground crawfish, palm oil and other African foods.

To bad we don’t have African groceries who sell their own products. But for now this is where it is typically found.

You can also purchase “Yam Flour” through amazon. I have attached the link below to make that purchase, amazon has the same brand that I use “Ola-Ola as seen below.

My favorite recipe to make along pounded yam is “Red Tomato Stew”.

Which is mostly made of  fresh fried tomatoes, onions, garlic and red bell peppers.

That recipe can be found on this blog and below.

African Red Stew

This stew is so special that it is served as the main dish during the holidays in Nigeria.

Yup you heard that right, so instead of our North American Turkey they serve this.

Cooked Pounded Yam

Pounded Yam is meant to be used in replace of a spoon or fork, so don’t be shy and dig in.

Your going to love it, and if you don’t feel free to mail it to me 🙂

Notes: When mixing in the Yam flour into the hot water, make sure that you are using a heavy hand to stir it and that you are using a wooden spoon to do that job. You want the flour to be somewhat wet as it forms into a large ball. So make sure your adding in more water as you go to make that happen. Practice makes perfect, you may need to try this several times to get the hang of it. Once you do it’s pretty easy to make this recipe any other time.

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How to make Pounded Yam

How to make Pounded Yam

Yield: 2
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Read in 5 minutes!


  • 2 cups of Pounded Yam Flour
  • 3 cups of Water


  1. In a large stock pot bring 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Turn down the heat to low and once the boiling stops. Slowly pour in 2 cups of the "pounded yam flour" into the pot
  2. With a wooden spoon mix it rapidly in a circle and cris crossing as well. So that it mixes thoroughly with the water, you're looking for a wet yet thick paste and continue stirring as it starts to form into a ball.
  3. Make sure you are pushing the flour against the pot sides, this helps all the flour to cook so that there is no lumps. Slowly add more water if needed, the water is to help it to cook but you do not want it to drown in the water. You want to finish with a wet round ball that has very little to no lumps. Serve alongside your favorite african dish, enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 85gFiber: 7gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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