Yam and Chickpea Pottage

I’ve been bad. I just realised my last post was a month ago. For what now? Lol. Truth is I’ve been on the road. I had a wedding to attend and a host of other engagements. I’m glad all that’s over, and I can relax a bit now! I know you guys forgive me and i know you still love me…

This recipe was not premeditated. When i set out to make it, all I knew was that I wanted to cook yam. Then I saw a can of chickpeas in my pantry, and it caught my eye, so I picked it up…then I remembered I had some boiled chicken in the freezer, so I brought it out…then I just had to add tomatoes…and on and on…

No regrets though, we loved it. HACE asked me to add it to his list of best meals, so I know what to make for him when I need to curry his favour. LMHO. His endorsement is something you can take to the bank; he’s a very critical eater.

Yam and Chickpea Pottage

Yam and Chickpea Pottage

This serves 4


  • 1 1/2 kg of yam, cubed
  • 3 cups of shredded cabbage
  • 500g of cooked chicken, shredded
  • 5 atarodo/scotch bonnet, chopped
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
  • 2 stock cubes, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt, divided
  • 1 small bunch of spring onions, diced (green parts only)


  1. Boil yam with 1 tablespoon of salt till almost done, drain and set aside.
  2. Set your wok or pan over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil.
  3. After 30 seconds, add onions and sautè for 1 minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, stir, and cook till tomatoes disintegrate. Add 1 stock cube, curry, thyme, atarodo, and 2 cups of water.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil, add yam and chickpeas. Stir and leave to cook for 8 minutes
  6. Sauté the cabbage in a frying pan with remaining olive oil and stock cube for 3 minutes, pour into the yam mixture, with the chicken and spring onions.
  7. Stir, and add the remaining salt. Simmer for 2 minutes, then serve.

Enjoy! 🙂


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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ipio - August 21, 2015

Hayyyyyy, I actually shouted when I saw this post, long time, have been coming here everyday hoping to get a new recipe, looks like I have tried almost everything here. Thanks, am trying it right away but without chicken anyway, me never forgive u o until you send my cake lol, welcome back, miss u

    Chidinma - August 21, 2015

    Loooooooool. Cake wey i don send through dhl since last week? I go sue them oooo. I missed you too darling, how body?

Maryangel - September 16, 2015

Welcum back,dear.Dis must b delicious.Plz dis chickpea is it d same as can green beans?

    Chidinma - September 21, 2015

    no darl. Chickpeas are a different legume. They are creamy white

Maryangel - September 23, 2015

Ok,plz whr can i buy d chick peas,is not common.i stay in Lagos

    Chidinma - September 25, 2015

    Hi Mary. You should be able to find chickpeas in Shoprite or any major departmental store. Ideally, it should be in thr canned foods section. They are not hard to find.

Twingirls - October 30, 2015

I used sweet potatoes in place of yam, it was so so delicious, dh want me to make it again. Weldone Deema, you are da best


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