Pounded Yam with a Blender

make pounded yam in a blender

Make Pounded Yam in a Blender

Pounded Yam is one of the most loved Nigerian fufu meals. When it comes to fufu meals, Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup or Pounded Yam and Nsala Soup are favourite combos. But to pound the yam the traditional way with mortar and pestle takes a lot of energy and sweat. But your blender is here to rescue you from all that hard work. Yes, you can make pounded yam with a blender.
And if you have a stand mixer or a food processor you are in luck because those two can also make pounded yam. Click here for details.
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Ingredients for Pounded Yam

You only need two ingredients:

  • White Puna Yam. Click here to see what it looks like or watch the video below.
  • Water

And to make the pounded yam with a blender you will need a blender that is powerful enough to make it. As a guide, my blender that I used in the video below has 850W power rating. Even if yours has a lower power rating, try it with small qauntities of boiled yam cubes at a time and you will be surprised. If you have a stand mixer or a food processor, click here for how to make pounded yam with a stand mixer.
Tip: Use the middle of yam because it gives you the pounded yam with the best consistency. Watch the video below to see me explain how that works.

Directions for Making Pounded Yam with a Stand Mixer

This is unbelievably so easy to make!

  1. Peel, rinse and cut the white puna yam into medium cubes.
  2. Put in a pot, pour water to cover the pieces of yam and start cooking on medium heat.
  3. Cook till the yams are well done. Two signs of a well done yam for making the perfect pounded yam are: the surrounding water will be cloudy and slightly soupy and it is very easy to drive a knife into the pieces of yam. Those read like three signs though hahaha.
  4. Once you are happy, decant the water and set aside. You may need it later but from my experience, pounded yam made in a blender is usually perfect and does not need water. Those blender blades sure come through with pounded yam.
  5. Put the cooked pieces of yam into the jug of your blender. I usually start with a few yam cubes, blend for 2 seconds and add a few more. Then blender for about 5 seconds and you have your smooth pounded yam. This time depends on the rating of your blender. You can keep checking it and once it is smooth, stop the blender. No need to leave your blender running for too long because the pounded yam becomes softer and more elastic. Watch the video below to see this in action.

Pounded Yam is best served immediately after preparation because it becomes soft and loses its elasticity over time. Serve with your favourite Nigerian Soup. Click here for all Nigerian Soups. Some people like Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup combo while some like Pounded Yam and Nsala Soup combo.