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How to make pounded yam from scratch

Pounded yam is one of the Nigerian "swallow" meals made from Boiled white yams and pounded. It's made as an accompaniment for Nigerian soups. Traditionally, pounded yam swallow is made by pounding but these days due to the stress involved in pounding yams, most people are drifting towards the powdered version as a quicker alternative. Though the powdered version is quicker and more convenient, I've come to realize it tastes nothing like the real pounded yam made from scratch......yes i said it :D. here's how to make pounded yam from scratch. 
Update: There's a new method to check out: How to make pounded yam in a blender

How to make pounded yam (Pictorials)
•Prep time:  10 mins
•Cook time: 15 mins
• Serves:      4

• Mortar and pestle
• A medium sized pot

• 1 Medium Sized Yam tuber (Preferably old yam)

Step 1: Slice and peel the skin off the yam

Step 2: In the medium sized pot, boil the yam with water till soft. Don't let the water used in cooking the yam dry up as you'd need this while pounding.

Step 3: Scoop the hot yams into a motar and pound with the pestle. If the yam being pounded starts to become stiff, add some of the liquid used in cooking it into the mortar and keep pounding.

Step 4: Pound till the yam has a stretchy consistency and doesn't stick when touched.

Step 5 : Your pounded yam is ready, serve with any Nigerian soup you choose.

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  1. Nice work,though u can use a blende or food processor to get the same results

    1. lol! would definitely try that out. Thanks Anon :)

  2. I use a food processor to make my own pounded yam and it comes out smooth and soft. You should try it Dobs.
    Thank God for technology. *hides face.

    1. Thanks Nitie :)......Would try it out and let you know how it goes.

  3. I have never been a fan of Poundo yam (yam flour) because like you said, the taste isn't just the same as the real thing but last weekend I visited my sis and she prepared it and, I was quite impressed and I ate and even asked for more. You know yam is generally a little sweet tasting, what she did was add two cubes of sugar to the boiling water before she now "turned" the flour. I suggest you try it, u may like it, just like me cos I sharply went and bought my first pack of yam flour

    1. That sounds like a nice idea. Would definitely try it out. Thanks for the tip mercy :)

  4. Thanks for the tip, would def try it

  5. I have not tried it but I'm a bit confused on the video showing raw washed yam blended and the steps highlighted stating boiled yam.pls clarify

  6. You are a very smart individual!


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