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pounded yam egusi

Pounded Yam and egusi is a very delicious meal you would always love to try. Follow the easy guide below to get yourself sorted out on how to prepare pounded yam and egusi.

pounded yam egusi

Pounded Yam and Egusi soup

Pounded yam is made with tuber of raw yams which is boiled, mashed and rolled to form a ball. Egusi soup soup is made with ground melon seed thickened with gourd or spinach.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, stew
Cuisine Ghanaian, Nigerian
Servings 4
Calories 324 kcal


  • knife
  • chopping board
  • large pot
  • colander
  • kitchen towel
  • mortar
  • pestle
  • hand mixer
  • blender


  • tuber yam
  • yam flour
  • 1 lbs boneless chicken cut in bit-size pieces
  • 1 medium sliced onion
  • 2 pieces maggi cubes
  • 2 fresh chile peppers
  • 2 c cups melon seeds
  • 340 g frozen spinach thawed
  • 1/2 cup palm oil
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • dried fish
  • salt
  • dried shrimp
  • crayfish


Method 1: Using Mortar and Pestle

  • Peel the yam with a sharp knife. Remove any spoiled spots or discoloration.
  • Chop into large chunks and immediately pour into water and wash ever dirt off
  • Pour yams in a medium pot under high heat with water- enough to cover the yams. Add salt to taste, if desired.
  • Boil until tender for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately drain yams thoroughly in a colander.
  • Wash your mortar and pestle until clean. Add cooked yam to mortar and pound until smooth and stretchy.
  • Add little water when necessary during pounding.
  • Roll into balls and wrap in a plastic wrap or serve immediately in bowl with soup

Method 2 (Using blender)

  • Cut yam into smaller pieces then boil untill soft for about 20 minutes.
  • Add cooked yams into food processor or blender. Start blending then pulse every 20-30 seconds to check for smoothness.
  • Add about 2 tablespoons as needed until stretchy and soft
  • Shape into any desired size

Method 3( Using Hand mixer)

  • Boil the yam till it’s soft.
  • Pour it into the mixing bowl then with the hand mixer, crush the yam until it becomes smooth, stretchy and lump free.

Method 4( Using yam flour)

  • Heat up water in a large saucepan under medium heat
  • Mix flour in small amount of water until you have a thicker consistency
  • Pour batter in the boiling water then stir continuously to avoid it from being lumpy
  • Knead it with a wooden spatula as it thickens. Allow it to cook for 10 minutes. Roll into balls and serve with favourite soup

Steps for making Egusi Soup

  • Put chicken pieces in a medium pot. Rinse the dried fish and add it to the pot.
  • Add 1 onion, salt to taste and 2 maggi cubes.
  • Add 1 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil on high heat for 25 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 min.
  • Blend chile peppers and the remaining onion in a blender and puree. Pour onion pepper mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  • Put shrimp, crayfish and melon seed in a clean blender and pulse until a powder forms. Pour it in a bowl and set aside.
  • Squeeze the excess liquid from the spinach and set aside.
  • Continue to cook until the chicken is tender. Stir in blended onion pepper mixture and cook 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add the melon seed mixture.
  • Cook 20 minutes longer and add the spinach, oils and the 1 remaining maggi cube
  • Cover it and cook for another 5 minutes.


Useful Tips
Peel away from your body when cutting yam or vegetables to avoid injury


Calories: 324kcal
Keyword egusi soup, egusi stew, pounded yam
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