Prepare time: 20 min
Cook: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hr 10 min

Porridge yam is one of the most delicious foods in Nigeria. Although it’s mostly known as a porridge one could compare it more to mashed potatoes. Instead of just serving plane mashed yam add all these delicious species and ingredients to come up with this delicious dish that originally comes from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, but is now eaten all over the country and beyond.


  • 1 tube of yam
  • 1 large onion
  • 2/3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • 1 scotch bonnet chili
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger/ 1.5 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp Curry powder
  • 3 stock cubes
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups of water
  • 0.5 cup of palm oil


  1. Peel the yam and cut it into small cubes (2cm2) and leave it soaked in cold water
  2. Cut the onions, tomatoes chillis, and bell peppers into small pieces
  3. Alternatively, blend it with a machine
  4. Add the cubed yam to a sizeable pot and add water to cover the yam.
  5. Cook on medium to high heat for 15 mins
  6. Add the onions, tomatoes chillis, bell peppers, and the remaining ingredients
  7. Stir to combine then re-cover the pot. Continue boiling for 5 minutes then reduce to a simmer
  8. When the yam is soft, partly mash to aid thickening (do not mash all the yam soft, leave some lumpy)
  9. Add salt to taste if needed and it’s ready to be served