Peanut Yam Porridge

You know you’ve made an excellent dish, when, after eating a meal at your table, a guest asks you to prepare a take-home bowl. Imagine the smile in my heart when I heard this yesterday, especially after I just sort of stumbled onto the recipe.

nigerian yam porridge

Peanut Yam Porridge

I’ve made a lot of yam recipes in the past, but this Nigerian yam porridge takes the cake. I know I can be a bit dramatic when it comes to telling you how a recipe turned out, but, believe me, that drama is so well deserved in this case.

I started out making a regular gizdodo-like recipe, but I realized a bit later that the yam I was using was too dry to turn out perfectly. The wheels in my brain started turning, and I knew the fix would be a porridge, but I knew I didn’t want to use palm oil. Peanut butter to the rescue! I pulverized 1 cup of peanuts in my food processor, made a slightly thin paste with some water, and added it. A quick stir, and the porridge formed before my eyes. Score!

how to make nigerian yam porridge

Nigerian Yam Porridge

Okay, the dish looked good, but how would it taste? HACE, my official taste-tester, was called into the kitchen to taste before I could serve. When the guy tasted, looked at the pan, and asked “Is there more than that?”, I knew we had a winner.

I realize some of you will think the combination weird, but, if you get over your initial reservations and try this, I think it will be really hard for you not to fall in love with it, as we did.

Peanut Yam Porridge


  • 1 kg of white yam, cubed
  • 500g of ram/lamb, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup of unsalted roasted peanuts or 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground white pepper
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 2 teaspoons of salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil


Boil yams with 1 teaspoon of salt till soft. Drain, and set aside.

Grind your peanuts into butter.

Boil meat with 1 teaspoon of salt till cooked, about 15 minutes. Reserve the stock.

Heat oil in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat, for 1 minute. Add the onions, green and red bell peppers, tomatoes, and saute for 4 minutes.

Add the cooked meat, yams, black and white pepper, stock cubes, and stir.

Make a slightly thin paste with the peanut butter and some meat stock. Add paste to the yams. Stir, and simmer for 1 minute.


nigerian yam porridge recipe


Hi, my name is Chidinma. I’ve been happily married for 4+ years (actually almost 6 years now), and my husband and I have been trying to have our own children for almost all the time we’ve been married, with no success…yet. We haven’t lost hope (far from it), and we believe it will happen very soon.

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Bibi - November 4, 2016

Wow!!! now this i will like to try out. God bless you richly.


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