Monday, 16 March 2015

Yam Balls - How to make stuffed Yam balls

Yams! You either hate them or love them.  One food staple we don't lack here in Nigeria is definitely yam tubers. I mean, you could find yams being sold in every nook and cranny of the country and at very affordable prices too. With an abundance of yam comes an amazing array of yam recipes too here at Dobby's signature. One of such recipes is the Stuffed yam balls. Stuffed yam balls is a tasty snack that has made it's way to our very own naija kitchen. Just one look at it would definitely get you drooling. These portable hand held stuffed yam balls would make a terrific side dish or appetizer in the small chops section of parties. You could also fill it up with just about anything such as minced/ground beef or chicken, bell peppers, fresh shrimp, fish, sweet corn, spring onions, carrots, peas e.t.c....the choice is yours.

How to make stuffed yam balls
• Prep time:
   30 mins
• Cook Time: 15 mins
• Makes:        10 medium stuffed balls



For the Yam
• 2 medium slices of yam
• ½ tsp. Salt
• 3 cups Water
• Oil for deep frying

For the filling

• 1 small Tomato
• 2 scotch bonnets "Ata rodo"
• 1 handful Shrimps (I used dry shrimps known as Okporo) - Optional
• ½ small sized Onion
• ½ tsp. garlic powder - Optional
• ½ tsp. curry powder
• ½ tsp. thyme or oregano
• 1 seasoning cube
• salt to taste
• 2 tbsp. oil for frying

For coating the balls

• 1 raw egg
• ½ cup flour
• ½ tsp. powdered Black/ Cameroon/ chili pepper


Directions:::
Step 1: Peel the brown skin off the sliced yam and rinse with clean water. Place in a small pot, add some salt and Cook for about 20-25mins till soft (you can check this by in inserting a fork within. If it goes in easily, then it’s done.
For how to cook yam in detail, Click Here

Step 2: Cut the boiled yam slices into smaller pieces with a fork. Place in a blender and blend till smooth and stretchy using the blender/food processor method HERE or place in a clean mortar and pound till you get a smooth stretchy dough using the traditional method HERE.

Note: For the filling, i used the few ingredients listed above. To make it richer, you could use minced/ground beef or chicken, bell peppers, fresh shrimp, fish, sweet corn, spring onions, carrots, peas e.t.c.

Step 3: Chop the Tomato, Scotch bonnets and onion. Grease a small pan with two tbsp. oil and heat on medium. Add the chopped veggies, stir fry for two minutes. Add the garlic powder , curry powder, thyme or Oregano, Crushed seasoning cube, Shrimp, Salt to taste - stir fry for 5 mins. Turn off the burner and leave to cool.

Step 4: Scoop a tablespoon of the yam dough, Flatten the dough and add a little filling making sure you don't overfill to prevent the balls from bursting open during frying. Seal and roll into a ball. Repeat the process till all the yam dough and filling is used up.

Step 5: For this step, you'd need two separate small bowls. In bowl 1, place the flour and pepper and mix. In bowl 2, Crack the egg into it and whisk. Place the yam ball into the bowl with the whisked egg and coat evenly. Transfer the egg coated yam ball into the flour and coat evenly also. Set this aside and repeat for the rest of the batch

Step 6: Heat up the oil in a frying pan till hot. Drop the yam balls into the oil and fry till golden brown. remove from the oil and drain on a paper towel

Stuffed yam balls can be eaten with peppered stew/ sauce, Ketchup, Smoked fish stir-fry.

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34 comments:

  1. That's a tasty snack. How many calories per ball would you say we're talking about? I think at least 250 calories in my best guess. Delicious but hard on the diet.

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    1. Wowww!!! Take it easy Mr Adela...250 calories per ball is definitely too much :). According to research, 1 milk cup of pounded yam contains 400 calories so each ball is probably far less than 250 calories (okay maybe i'm trying to overlook the oil used in frying).

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  2. u give best recipes.. def trying this out :D
    ladywannabeblog

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    1. Thanks olufunmi...Do keep us posted k.

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  3. DEFINITELY TRYING THIS OUT. THANKS

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    1. you're welcome nneka.

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  4. With the pictures, it looks easy to make. Will try this.

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    1. it definitely is sophie. Do let us know how it goes.

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  5. You are really talented Dobby! Where in the world did you learn how to make these? Wow! Will definitely try it soon.

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    1. Thanks Adaeze, do let us know how it goes k :).

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  6. Anonymous4:45 pm

    Dobby well done. U and matse are doing great ketchen job,putting smiles into the face of many while eating. Thanks for sharing your talent

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    1. Thanks Anon...i love me some matse too ;)

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  7. Anonymous6:01 pm

    It luks gud nd appetizing wil gv it a try.

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    1. Do keep us posted anon.

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  8. I cnt wait for sat to try dis out

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    1. Do let us know how it turns out buki :)

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  9. I will definitely try this. My children don't like conventional yam dishes.

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    1. lol! i can imagine. They're sure to love this.

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  10. Anonymous2:43 pm

    I must try this out. my hubby doesn't like yam much, tryna see other ways of making it interesting for him.

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    1. he'd certainly like this ;)

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  11. Thanks for this Dobby.. I will try this out!!

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    1. do keep us posted k ;)

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  12. Anonymous5:37 pm

    nice recipe. different from the one i know. a must try

    vera

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    1. Do keep us posted Vera.

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  13. Anonymous6:45 pm

    Great recipe Dobby! Can the yam balls be deep fried in a deep fryer? Or should we fry it in the same amount of oil as we will for puff puff?

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    1. Hi Anon, Yes the yam balls should be deep fried.

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  14. I tried it and it tasted great!!!!! ���� and filling as well. Tried it with the pepper sauce recipe.. its superb!! Thanks Dobby!!! ��������.
    Oma.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback oma, Glad you enjoyed it :)

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  15. Anonymous1:11 am

    honestly i dont know about u guys but for me this is one of the best site i have seen dat i get idea on cooking. d ones known or d other way round.
    thank u keep it up.

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