Nigerian Food

How to make Yam balls

Today’s post is on how to make yam balls. Yea, you heard me right, I like to call it yam puff-puff or yam buns.

Yam balls are made with puna( white) yam and other ingredients that are mashed together and fried. It is also called Ji Akpurakpu.

Yam is one of the popular staple food in Nigeria. It is eaten and enjoyed by many people. We have different species of yam like water yam, puna yam, purple yam, etc.

I know you might be thinking we are teaching on ojojo, but no. Ojojo is water yam balls while the one we are teaching today is white( puna) yam balls. They are different from each other but you can call them brothers!!

This snack is popular in Ghana and other African countries but has not gotten much popularity in Nigeria but I bet you that it is worth trying out because it is nutritious, also it helps to curb wastage of leftover yam like yamarita.

The process is easy and quick!! and you can decide to twerk the ingredient to suit you by adding fish, egg, meat and vegetables into the yam balls. Even bread crumbs and grinded biscuits are often used when making the snack.

I hope you will agree with me that this dish should be included in your food menu. Follow through as you learn how to make yam balls

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Health benefit

  • Firstly, Yam balls is an energy-giving food, a good source of energy
  • Provides the body with Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, K and selenium
  • Yams are very nutritious!!! can improve cholesterol level and digestive health
  • It is a good protein source
  • An excellent source of fibre which aids digestion and bowel movement
  • Eggs contain carotenoids that are essential for the health of the eyes
  • Provides the body with calcium which is needed to maintain a healthy and strong bone
  • Furthermore, it helps to improve the health of nails, hair, and skin. Makes them strong, long and glow!
  • Contains copper, potassium, iron, manganese, zinc magnesium, and phosphorus.
  • Also helps to boost the immune system


  • Half tuber of yam
  • 1 onion
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • Seasoning cube ( 2 )
  • Sardine fish
  • Three scotch bonnet pepper
  • A teaspoon of powdered garlic
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt ( A pinch of salt)
  • Breadcrumbs


  • First of all, peel and wash yams thoroughly to remove sand and dirt
  • Cut the yam into small sizes, place in a cooking pot, add seasoning cube and clean water, apply heat
  • Leave to boil till the yam is cooked and soft. Put off the heat, drain water from the yam and set aside.
  • If you are using canned sardine, drain oil from the fish and set aside.
  • Wash and chop the onion and pepper, then fry with the sardine oil for 8 minutes
  • Transfer the boiled yams into a big clean bowl, then add the 4 tablespoons of butter and mash the yams till smooth
  • The use of blender and food processor is not encouraged as it will affect the consistency of the yam balls.
  • Break two of the eggs into the yam, add the garlic, onion and pepper mix, mix together. Then add the fish and mix thoroughly
  • Check the taste of the mixture and add more seasoning if necessary and a pinch of salt
  • Pour vegetable oil into your frying pan and leave to preheat
  • Furthermore, break the other egg and whisk it and set aside, also pour the bread crumb into a plate and set aside.
  • Now, while the oil is preheating, you take a bit of the mashed yam, mould it into a small ball and dip into the egg, then into the bread crumbs and set aside in a clean plate
  • Repeat this process till all the mashed yams is finished.
  • By this time, the oil should be ready for frying, place the yam balls into the oil carefully. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry the yam balls until the colour changes to golden brown.
  • Take out the yam balls and place in a paper towel to drain excess oil
  • Your delicious yam balls are ready for munching with any fruit drink of choice.

Video on how to make yam balls

We are confident that you have learned how to make yam balls. Do well to drop comments and questions. Furthermore, invite friends and families. Above all, continue to check our page for other tasty Nigerian meals like fisherman soup, ikokore etc. Cheers!!

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