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How To Make Yam Balls

By Akachi Ikechukwu-Nnamani
24 January 2022   |   4:53 pm
Yam is one of nature’s gifts that has variety: Fried yam, boiled yam, pounded yam. While all these are more familiar in Nigeria, we’d be looking at yam balls. Wondering what that is? I have got you. INGREDIENTS Yam (Diced) All-purpose flour Onion (Chopped) Cooking oil Butter Sardine Egg (Separate egg white from yolk) Bread…

Yam balls by Ene for Eneskitchene. Photo Eneskitchene

Yam is one of nature’s gifts that has variety: Fried yam, boiled yam, pounded yam. While all these are more familiar in Nigeria, we’d be looking at yam balls.

Wondering what that is? I have got you.

INGREDIENTS
Yam (Diced)
All-purpose flour
Onion (Chopped)
Cooking oil
Butter
Sardine
Egg (Separate egg white from yolk)
Bread crumbs
Red pepper (Chopped)
Green pepper (Chopped)
½ tbsp Salt
½ tbsp Thyme
Seasoning cubes

METHOD

  • Wash and pour the yam into a pot and add water. Boil it for 20 minutes or until soft and drain.
  • Pour the yam into a mortar and pound thoroughly until smooth. Add butter, chopped onions, red and green pepper, sardine, egg yolk, salt, thyme and mix together.
  • Wash your hand, scoop and mould into balls. Dip the balls into the flour, transfer them to the egg white then into the bread crumbs and set aside.
  • Pour the oil into a saucepan and heat up. Drop the yam balls and deep fry for 10 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve with a small bowl of peppered sauce.

Banana Stew by Jasmine Hemsley. Photo Nick Hopper

NDII NA NYAMA- TANZANIAN BANANA STEW

Africa is blessed with different cultures, styles, languages, and food. The amazing part is, you do not have to go too far to get the ingredients to enjoy the delicacies of another African country. Banana stew is one recipe that is delicious and will leave you wanting more.

INGREDIENTS
Green banana
Beef
1 medium Onion (Diced)
3 Tomatoes (Chopped)
2 tbsp Curry powder
½ tbsp Black pepper (Ground)
1 ½ Cooking oil
1 ½ tbsp Coconut milk
¼ Cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
2 cloves Garlic
Seasoning powder
Salt

METHOD

  • Wash beef and put it into a pot. Add garlic, salt, seasoning powder, curry powder, bay leaf and water and cook on medium heat until meat is soft for 20 minutes.
  • Heat up oil on low, put the chopped onions and stir for 3 minutes. Pour the onions into the pot of beef sauce, add tomatoes and stir to combine and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Peel bananas with a knife and dice. Put into a bowl of water to avoid discolouration. When the sauce is ready, put the diced bananas into the pot and stir thoroughly. Cook for 7 minutes.
  • Finally, pour the coconut milk and stir. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

Enjoy.