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ampesi recipe

Delicious Ampesi Recipe

Ampesi can be prepared by using unripped plantain, cassava, yam or cocoyam. It is rich in carbohydrates and other nutrients and also makes a perfect dinner.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 18 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Ghanaian
Servings 2
Calories 120 kcal


Ingredients for the Ampesi.

  • 1 tuber yam
  • 3 pieces unripe plantain
  • 2 tbsp salt

Ingredients for the kontomire stew

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


Preparing Ampesi

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

Preparing the kotnomire stew

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



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


Calories: 120kcal
Keyword ampesi, garden eggs stews
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