Tuesday, 18 March 2014

How to make Ojojo (Water yam balls)

Ojojo pronounced 'Or-jor-jor' is a snack made from grated water yams. Its native to the yorubas in the western part of nigeria especially the Ijebu people in Ogun state. Sometimes, it's called wateryam fritters cos when grated, it looks like fritters.
My first attempt at making this dish was horrible. I made Use of Old yam (yam that has stayed for over 3 months after harvesting ) and by the time I was done grating, the whole grated fritters had turned Brown which was a total waste and had to be thrown away. I never knew how difficult finding water yams was either till I decided to make this dish the second time. I actually went to three different markets before I could find 'The Very last tuber' of water yam which was sold to me way past the normal amount. This dish is easy to prepare and can be spiced in different ways as shown below.
This was what happened when i used old yam. The color changed in a very dramatic way...lol!
How to make Ojojo (Ojojo recipe)
•Prep time:  20 mins
•Cook time: 20 mins
•Total Time:40 mins
• Makes :     15 balls

• 650g Water yam
• 1 tsp. Chili Pepper (ground)/ 2 Red scotch bonnet pepper(Ata rodo) ,diced
• 1/2 Red Onion, diced
• 5 Garlic cloves, minced - optional
• 1 Seasoning cube -optional
• Salt to taste

Step 1: Slice and peel the skin off the yam

Step 2: Wash the yams and cut into chunks. With a grater, grate the yam slices. You'd notice the drawy texture of the grated yam. 

Step 3: Add the powdered chili or scotch bonnet, onion, salt, garlic and crushed seasoning. Mix thoroughly with a spoon. 

Step 4: Heat the Oil till Hot. Scoop spoons full of the grated water yam mix into the hot oil and deep fry till golden brown. Make sure the water yam soaks up the oil so the inner part would get done.

Step 6: Drain on a paper towel and serve as a snack.

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  1. I just discovered your site by chance and I am glad I did. I have already forwarded the links to my American friends that are into Naija foods.

    1. Thanks shukurah!....I'm glad you like it :D

  2. dasola3:22 pm

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  3. dasola3:34 pm

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    1. Awww!!! Thanks for the kind words dasola.*Hugs* :)

  4. Anonymous12:32 pm

    how do i distinguish between old and new yam?

    1. Old yam is dry on the outside while New yam looks damp on the outside. Also Old yam is hard and has a sweet sugary taste while new yam is very soft and tastes waterlogged.

    2. Anonymous9:07 pm

      thanks so much, i have been a victim of buying just any kind of water yam for ojojo, i dint even know that ojojo cud have this clear colour...it looks more attractive... btw i just stumbled on your blog and i love it... well done darling

    3. Awww!!! Thank you Anon :)

  5. I love ojojo, actually miss eating it.

  6. Good Work, Ojojo So Nutritious

    1. it sure is, thanks Mary

  7. Wow thanks I'll try it soon

    1. Do let us know how it turns out.


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