Nigerian Food

How to make pounded yam

Today’s article is on how to make pounded yam. Writing about this food just brings memory of my grand mum. I still miss her.

Yam is one of the popular staple food in Nigeria and it is eaten in almost all homes. Yam is a tuber crop that is grown mostly in the eastern part of the country. The Igbos consider yam as one of their indigenous food, they even have a festival to celebrate the harvesting of yam.

We have different species of yam like water yam, purple yam, white yam, etc. Many countries around the world have yam as one of their main food.

Pounded yam is one of the popular swallows in Nigeria. It is loved and eaten by almost all tribes in the country. The Yorubas call pounded yam Iyan and they can eat it with any kind of soup.

This food is usually served with Egusi soup, Nsala soup, Afang soup, Edikiakong soup, etc. It is often referred to as the King of swallow in Nigeria. It is served at weddings, dedication and parties!!!

I bet you that you can never have enough of pounded yam. sit tight as you learn how to make pounded yam.

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Health benefit

  • A good source of energy. An energy-giving food
  • An excellent source of fibre which aids digestion and bowel movement
  • Has potassium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, copper, calcium and iron
  • Possess antioxidant properties, contains betacarotene
  • Contains folate which is essential for the nervous system
  • Provides the body with Vitamin like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B
  • Yams are very nutritious!!! can improve cholesterol level and digestive health
  • Also helps to boost the immune system
  • Improves vision and boost the immune system
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • A good choice of food for people on weight loss plans.


  • 1 tuber of White( puna) yam ( Do not use a freshly harvested yam)
  • Water


  • First of all, slice the yam into smaller bits, and peel off the skin
  • Wash the yams thoroughly with clean water and place in a pot.
  • Add water to just the level of the yam and apply heat.
  • Leave to boil until the yam is cooked. It shouldn’t be too soft.
  • Also, make sure that the water is not dried up.
  • As the yam is boiling, wash the mortar and pestle very well.
  • Once the yam is okay, put off the heat and transfer the yam into the mortal.
  • Now, you must be careful not to put all the yam at once. you transfer it bits by bits and keep pounding to avoid seeds.
  • While Ponding, if the yam becomes too stiff, add a little water from the pot.
  • Continue pounding till you have a soft, stretchy consistency that is not sticky.
  • At last, your pounded yam is ready to be served. Pounded yam is not eaten alone!
  • You can serve it with any Nigerian soup of your choice, like Nsala soup, egusi soup, afang soup, ofe owerri etc.

Video on how to make pounded yam

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