Yam Porridge with Green Vegetables

Written By Helen Nneka Okpala on Wednesday, 7 June 2017 | June 07, 2017

This is the season of green leafy vegetables in Nigeria. In fact, yesterday my colleague gave out large bunches of vegetables to some of us for free. It is now very cheap this rainy season. Now, when you get vegetables from free, what do you do with it? I was inspired to prepare soft and juicy porridge yam with it. See the result here: Note that for this recipe, I used Amaranthus hybridus.  The local name in Yoruba is Efo Tete. That is the reason for the Efo riro soup. The English name is African Spinach. See photo as culled from 9jafoodie.com
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Cooking Tip: Never allow red oil to dominate. Add just a little as when cooking breadfruit porridge. 
1. Half tuber of yam
2. One large Onion
3. four pieces of fresh pepper
4. Half cup of crayfish
5. One stock cube
6. One  fresh derica tomatoe for garnishing
7. One cooking spoon of fresh red/palm oil
8. A small bunch of green leafy vegetables (shredded).
8. Salt to taste

1. Cut the yam in small chunks, but not into tiny pieces
2. Put water in the pot and boil. Just small water, not to cover the yam
3. Boil for about 15 minutes, then put pepper and crayfish (grounded) and cover your pot.
4. After about 5 minutes, put the stock cube. 
5. Add salt after 2 minutes, then add the oil. 
6. To blend the oil with the yams and get the yam soft and juicy, stir with a wooden spoon so as not to disintegrate the yams. 
7. After about 10 minutes, add the shredded green leafy vegetables and diced tomatoe bulb, then turn off your burner after 1 minute. The heat will do the remaining cooking of the vegetable. You wouldn't want to have your vegetables change colour, would you?
8. Congratulations, your porridge yam is ready. 

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About Helen Nneka Okpala

Hello! My name is Helen Nneka Okpala (nee Eke), and you are welcome to my blog. I love cooking food as much as I enjoy the eating. I am Igbo by tribe, and fell in love with cooking when I was in my teens. Meanwhile, I am a graduate of Botany/Library and Information Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. You can reach out to me here: helenzfood@gmail.com. Twitter: @helensfood


  1. hmmmmmm Helen you again? ok o some of the pics of ur dishes are very tempting . weldone anyhow