Insider kitchen: How to prepare Yam Porridge (Asaro)

Yam pottage or Yam porridge Asaro is a very delicious Yam recipe though it’s eaten by most tribes in Nigeria but it’s more common in the Yoruba speaking parts of Nigeria.

Nutritional value Calories 636kcal, Carbohydrates 34g, Protein 5g, Fat 54g, Saturated Fat 27g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 26mg, Potassium 972mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A 145IU, Vitamin C 22mg, Calcium 38mg, Iron 1mg. Asaro is made from Puna Yam which is boiled till it’s tender and it’s cooked in a blend of Peppers, and Onions (recipe here) and Palm Oil.

It is a meal you can prepare without breaking the bank.


1/2 Yam medium sized Puna, 1 Onion medium sized (diced), 1.5 Starter Sauce a blend of peppers,and, Onions, 1/2 Cup Palm Oil of fresh, 2 Tablespoons Crayfish, Water, Crab Meat, Parsley or any Leafy, vegetables


Step 1

Peel and cut the Yam into medium sized chunks and rinse for a couple of times. Put the Yams inside a Pot, add Water just to the level of the Yams and let it cook for 15 minutes on a medium to high heat

Step 2

Add the starter Sauce, Palm Oil, Onions, Cray Fish, Salt and Stock Cubes and allow it to cook for an additional 15 Minutes on a low Heat. Add the Crab meat (You can use whatever you prefer at this point like Smoked Fish, Prawns, Smoked Turkey etc).

Step 3

Mash the Yams with a Potato masher or a wooden spoon (You can mash everything into a creamy paste, and you can mash most of the Yams and still leave some chunks behind).
Allow it to simmer for an additional five minutes and enjoy while still hot!


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