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Delicious Yam Porridge (VIDEO)

Sweet, textured, healthy yam porridge with sweet potato and plantain? This recipe is the one to beat!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: African, Nigerian
Keyword: delicious yam porridge recipe, easy porridge, easy yam porridge recipe, fruit and vegetable porridge, healthy porridge, Homemade yam porridge
Servings: 6
Calories: 494kcal


For the sauce

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 sweet pepper
  • 1 scotch bonnet (optional)
  • ½ red onion (medium-sized)

For the porridge

  • 1 puna yam (medium-sized)
  • 1 ripe plantain (medium-sized)
  • 2 sweet potatoes (medium-sized)
  • 10 cups baby spinach
  • 1 mackerel (boiled or smoked)
  • 1 cup mackerel liquid stock
  • ½ cup palm oil (or sunflower oil)
  • 2 cubes chicken stock
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • Prepare the ingredients.
    Peel and slice the yam into big pieces. Submerge them in a bowl of water. Do the same for the sweet potatoes. Peel and cut the plantains. Transfer them into bowls.
  • Cook the mackerel.
    Clean, rinse, and slice the mackerel into 4 pieces. Place it in a pot and cook over medium heat. Season it with salt, stock cubes, and mixed herbs. Add water and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
    Set the stock aside for later use. Once cooled, debone and break the mackerel into chunks.
  • Make the pepper sauce.
    Rinse, slice, and blend the red bell pepper, sweet pepper, scotch bonnet, and red onion until smooth. Set this aside.
  • Cook the porridge.
    In a pot, combine the carrots, plantain, yam, onion, and pepper sauce. Pour a cup of water into the blender and rinse it out. Add the mackerel liquid stock or any other stock of your choice. Cover it with a lid.
    Allow it to cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Add the palm oil, chicken stock cubes, and sea salt, and stir gently. Let it cook for another 10 to minutes over low heat.
    Then, incorporate the chopped baby spinach, depending on your preferred quantity. Add chunks of the deboned mackerel or any other topping you prefer. Cover it with a lid and cook for 2 more minutes.
    Serve with any stew of your choice for added taste!



  • Serve this with stew to balance the flavors.
  • Purchase and store quality fresh ingredients for an aromatic and healthy dish.


Serving: 1 (of 6) | Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 1692mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 17116IU | Vitamin C: 89mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 4mg