How to Make Pounded Yam in a Blender or Food Processor

 How to Make Pounded Yam in a Blender, Pounded Yam in a Blender , Pounded Yam

How to Make Pounded Yam in a Blender

Pounded yam is one of the swallow recipes I enjoy. It is popularly prepared by pounding boiled yams in a mortar and pestle until smooth, firm and stretchy, but if you’ll rather not pound, here’s how to prepare Pounded Yam in a Blender… yes! you heard right… a blender! this method also works for  Cocoyam (ede ofe).  
To make Pounded Yam in a Blender, you don’t need any particular brand; a good blender with sharp blades will do the job. Here are the

You’ll need:

– A tuber of yam- Water (enough to cover the yams when placed in the pot)- A pinch of Salt (optional)
<– Here’s a video recipe–>


Procedure :1. Cut the yam into small cubes , peel of the skin and rinse thoroughly.2. Place in a pot, add enough water to cover the yams, add the salt and boil until the yams are tender.(you can poke with a fork to test for doneness). Strain out the water and leave the boiled yams in the pot.

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3. Transfer some of the boiled yams onto a plate and cut into smaller bits. Tip: I like to mash the yams a bit, using a fork. This saves my blender from doing a lot of work, but if you have a heavy duty blender, then skip the mashing process.

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4. Now,place the yam into the blender(a little at a time) and blend for 20 seconds. Stop every 10 seconds and resume blending.     If your blender has a ”pulse” button, pulse the blender for 10 seconds,stop and repeat again until the yams are smooth and stretchy. Observation: When blending the yams, you would see as the yams goes from crumbly bits around the blender jar, to form a whole ”doughy” mass in the center of the blender.

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5. Scoop out the ”pounded yam” and repeat the process for the remaining yams in the pot.Serve and enjoy with Egusi, Bitter leaf, Banga soup or any Nigerian Soup of choice. 



  1. James harper
    May 25, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Whether it's dry goods like nuts, raising, prunes or wet products like liquid juices and milk, the blender shows a general advantage to over just about any blender. Even whole fruits can be easily blended by this device. Blenderre

  2. Snazzynikky
    January 31, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    If we don't want to eat it immediately can we preserve it? Thanks

  3. Unknown
    December 21, 2016 / 10:22 am

    This is wonderful. One question, are you using the mill(for dry food) or the main blender?

  4. Chigoziem Anne OKOLIE
    December 1, 2015 / 8:20 am

    This is fantastic.. Honestly I can't believe!tried it and it was perfect.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 30, 2015 / 8:49 am

      Thanks Anne for your lovely feedback 🙂

  5. Edee
    August 28, 2015 / 7:57 am

    Came across this website yesterday and I have been reading different recipes. I'm so impressed. I have learnt a lot from here. God bless you for this

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 1, 2015 / 4:50 am

      Thank you so much Edee for your sweet comment and good to have you here.

  6. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    You are so wonderfully made ma, the creativity in you is so enormous. I luv you ma. God bless you.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 22, 2015 / 8:44 am

      Thanks hun 🙂

  7. Anonymous
    June 3, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Wow! My sister sent me this link a few days ago… I can't wait to try it as soon as I get some tubers of yam because I live in a part of Asia where yam is not available. From the comments above I know it" s worth trying and it will be great 😁

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 15, 2015 / 10:11 am

      My love to your sister ,I'll be expecting your feedback dearie 🙂

  8. ogundipe Bolanle
    March 19, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    Wow, this amazing, will try this out One of this days, because yam is kind of expensive here in Boston. Good job and God bless u. Follow most of ur snacks recipes .

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 25, 2015 / 12:13 pm

      great,I'll be expecting your feedback dearie 🙂

  9. ogundipe Bolanle
    March 19, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    Wow, this amazing, will try this out One of this days, because yam is kind of expensive here in Boston. Good job and God bless u. Follow most of ur snacks recipes .

  10. Rayna Kelvin
    October 29, 2014 / 2:53 am

    But in blending, you need to add small amount of water in whatever u re blending, is it applicable with the yam?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 29, 2014 / 10:21 am

      No dear,1 don't add water because,I'm aiming for a dough-like consistency. You can mash the yams first before placing in the blender.

  11. Mimi
    September 11, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    I have to comment, I tried this out 2day and my whole family even after doubting the recipe, they were like "wow"… Thank u for the stress free recipe! We all enjoyed the outcome

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 12, 2014 / 10:32 am

      I'm so glad to be of help Mimi and I'm happy you all enjoyed it . Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂

  12. Anonymous
    June 29, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    Ok I am watching this on YouTube as I am peeling my yam. Trying to suprise my wife. Will keep you posted. Kachi

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 30, 2014 / 10:29 am

      Aww dear, that is so sweet :)I'll be expecting your feedback.

  13. Anonymous
    June 25, 2014 / 11:27 am

    Good job

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 27, 2014 / 11:23 am

      thanks hun 🙂

  14. chike idowu
    June 24, 2014 / 8:41 am

    I came across your site today and was impressed. I just thought whether you have thought about moving on to an app. Its very convenient for everyone. Especially in this age of smart phone

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 25, 2014 / 9:45 am

      Thanks Chike, I'll have that in mind 🙂

  15. Anonymous
    May 3, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    This is wonderful I will try it because I prefer the naturally prepared pounded yam to the processed one thanks for the info

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 6, 2014 / 8:27 am

      You're welcome dearie. Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  16. Ola ola
    April 19, 2014 / 10:51 am

    I don't have a mortar here in europe,because the pounding makes a lot of noise and my neighbors complain a lot, so I had to try this method and it was really worth it. Thanks for posting.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 19, 2014 / 9:03 pm

      You are welcome Ola, thanks for the feedback.

  17. Abiola
    April 19, 2014 / 9:35 am

    I've read and heard a lot about this method but never tried it. I just felt it won't have the same consistency or taste same as pounded yam. Got to see for myself one of these days.Was always instructed never to add salt to yam meant to be pounded because it would prevent the dough from 'sticking together'…

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 19, 2014 / 9:02 pm

      Hi Abiola, Salt is said to break down starch, that is why we are told to never add salt to yams meant to be pounded, but I have experimented in my kitchen and found out that a little salt won't hurt the starch in a whole tuber of yam. Feel free to leave it out, it is optional.

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