Yam Recipes

Coconut Yam Porridge (Yam pottage)


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I love yam porridge (asaro) or yam pottage as it’s called in Nigeria but you all know that I don’t cook it all the time as I leave that for hubby to do. He does asaro better in my opinion and he’s never had a bad day with it before. This time, I did try to cook yam porridge myself with a twist and minimal ingredients and it turned out amazingly well. I must confess my love and attachment to coconut milk now. In fact, I use coconut water for most of my smoothies and it makes everything better.


Coconut Yam Porridge (yam pottage)

I will be cooking more meals with coconut milk, so if you are anything of a coconut lover, stay tuned. This yam pottage was made with leftover buka stew, coconut milk and crayfish. You will be amazed at how flavour-packed this simple meal is. Remember the expression less is more? This is it! You don’t need to break the bank to cook this coconut yam pottage

You can also substitute the coconut milk with powdered one if that is all you can find. If you struggle with getting the squidgy asaro (yam pottage) style, this is your trusted, never failing method of getting it right as long as you are not allergic to coconut. The creaminess from the coconut milk helps make the yam porridge squidgy and different in taste. Don’t forget to cook the yam pottage on low heat to avoid burning.



½ tuber yam

Leftover stew substitute with fresh pepper mix (ata lilo)



Coconut milk

2Csp palm oil

Cayenne pepper (if you will be using buka stew)

Dried shrimps


How to make coconut yam porridge

Add hot boiling water to the dried shrimps and cover for about 10 minutes and then rinse clean with cool water

Peel yam and cut into chunks, wash and rinse clean

Add the yam pieces to a pan and place on a medium heat

Follow by palm oil, the Buka stew, cayenne pepper coconut milk and little water just enough to cover the yam or at the same level as the yam.


Add seasoning and salt, cover the pan with a lid and leave to cook on low heat

After 5 minutes, add the washed shrimps and continue to cook on low heat till you can pierce the yam with a fork

Using a wooden ladle, mash yam into pieces but not to puree, leave some yam chunks if you desire


Check for salt and seasoning

Cook for another 3-5 minutes and take off the heat.

Serve as desired


Check out the original Asaro recipe by hubby


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