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Mashed yams from Nigeria

This recipe has been altered to suit Western cooking style, where butter and milk are common.


4 yam (large, washed, patted dry, peeled, and cut into 1/2 inch slices)
2 t salt
1⁄2 t pepper
3 T milk
1⁄2 t nutmeg
3 T butter
2 T parsley (fresh leaves, finely chopped)


  1. Bring water to a boil in a pan on high heat. Add 1 tsp salt and the sliced yams.
  2. Turn the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for 40 minutes or until the yams are tender when pierced. Drain liquid and return the yams to the pan.
  3. Mash the yams until smooth with a potato masher. Add milk and butter to the mashed yams and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg to your taste,
  4. Put the yams into a serving bowl and garnish with chopped parsley.
Total time
1 hour, 5 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
4 servings

Yams are a vegetable of similar size and shape to sweet potatoes, but they are a different plant. Yams are a staple food in Nigeria and they are prepared in several ways and each region has a favorite method. Yams may be boiled, fried, or pounded into a powder that is then boiled to a paste similar to porridge.

easy, healthy
vegetables, side dish
Nigerian food recipes