Ampesi is a main meal in Ghana commonly served with garden eggs stew or kontomire stew.

It is rich in carbohydrates and other nutrients and also makes a perfect dinner.

Ampesi can be prepared by using unripped plantain, cassava, yam or cocoyam.

The choice is yours.

In this post, I am going to show you:

A step by step guide on

  • how to prepare ampesi in Ghana (full ampesi recipe)
  • With kontomire stew
  •  And a lot more tips

Ingredients to prepare Ampesi and Kontomire stew.

Ingredients for the Ampesi.

  • 1 or 2 tubers of yam
  • 3 pieces of unripe plantain (also called apim)
  • Salt

Ingredients for the kontomire stew.

  • 10 pieces of kontomire (cocoyam) leaves
  • 4 pieces of tomato
  • ¼ cup turkey berries (optional)
  • 3 medium-sized onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pound of smoked fish
  • 1 cup of palm oil
  • Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons of grounded shrimp
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Salted fish (Koobi)


Steps to prepare Ampesi in Ghana.

  1. Peel yam, cocoyam into a cooking pot.
  2. Wash them thoroughly and put into another cooking pot.
  3. Half fill the cooking pot with water
  4. Peel your unripe plantain, wash them and arrange them on top of the yam and cocoyam
  5. Add reasonable amount of salt
  6. Boil over high heat for about 10 minutes.
  7. Pour out the water and set aside
  8. The ampesi is ready

The main meal is ready.

Let’s move on to preparation of the stew.

How to prepare kontomire stew for Ampesi.

  1. Wash kontomire and turkey berries thoroughly and put into a clean saucepan
  2. Boil under medium heat until it softens
  3. Blend onions, garlic, tomatoes, pepper and turkey berries together.
  4. Pour into a bowl and set aside
  5. Remove bones from the fish, wash it, break into pieces and set aside.
  6. Pour palm oil into a saucepan and place it over medium heat.
  7. Cut salted fish into pieces and put it inside the oil together with the momoni.
  8. Pour blended content into the cooking oil and stir.
  9. Simmer on medium heat.
  10. Add salmon, salt and seasoning cubes and cover it.
  11. Simmer for about 10 minutes till the stew thickens.
  12. Serve with ampesi (boiled yam, plantain and cocoyam)


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