Updated: Apr 19
Iyan is a popular Nigerian dish made from pounded yam. It is typically served with stews or soups and is a staple in many Nigerian households. Here's a recipe for iyan that you can easily make at home.
1 pound of yam
Salt to taste
Peel the yam and cut it into small pieces.
Rinse the yam under running water to remove any dirt or debris.
In a large pot, add enough water to cover the yam.
Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
Add the yam to the pot and reduce the heat to medium.
Cook the yam for about 15-20 minutes or until it is soft and tender.
Drain the water from the pot and transfer the yam to a mortar or a large bowl.
Use a wooden pestle or a potato masher to pound the yam until it becomes smooth and stretchy.
Add a pinch of salt to the pounded yam and continue to pound until it is well incorporated.
Serve the iyan hot with your favorite stew or soup.
1 pound of yam contains approximately 300-400 calories, depending on the variety.
If you are looking for a healthier alternative to yam, you can try using sweet potatoes instead. Sweet potatoes are lower in calories and are rich in fiber and vitamin A.
Mortar and pestle or large bowl and potato masher
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I hope this recipe and information is helpful to you!