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Iyan Recipe

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

  • Water

  • Salt to taste


  1. Peel the yam and cut it into small pieces.

  2. Rinse the yam under running water to remove any dirt or debris.

  3. In a large pot, add enough water to cover the yam.

  4. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.

  5. Add the yam to the pot and reduce the heat to medium.

  6. Cook the yam for about 15-20 minutes or until it is soft and tender.

  7. Drain the water from the pot and transfer the yam to a mortar or a large bowl.

  8. Use a wooden pestle or a potato masher to pound the yam until it becomes smooth and stretchy.

  9. Add a pinch of salt to the pounded yam and continue to pound until it is well incorporated.

  10. Serve the iyan hot with your favorite stew or soup.


  • 1 pound of yam contains approximately 300-400 calories, depending on the variety.

Healthy alternatives:

  • 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.

Kitchen equipment:

  • Large pot

  • Mortar and pestle or large bowl and potato masher

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I hope this recipe and information is helpful to you!

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