Yam and Plantain Pottage Recipe

Yam and Plantain Pottage also known as Yam and Plantain Porridge is a yummy fusion of Yam, Plantain and Tomato stew. It’s a yummy take on the popular Yam pottage also known as Asaro in Nigeria. Some people prefer to have just the plantain pottage on it’s own but I prefer the blend of Yam and Plantain to the plain Plantain Pottage as the sweetness of the Plantain isn’t as potent.

Now, most Yam and Plantain Pottage recipes do not require Tomato stew, they only call for Palm oil but I prefer to add Tomato stew as it makes it richer and tastier. Also, some recipes incorporate vegetables at the end, this could be a choice of either Ugu leaves, Spinach or water leaves, so feel free to add your preferred vegetables just before doneness.

If Yam is not readily available to you, you can  use sweet potatoes for this recipe. Just make sure you don’t overcook the sweet potatoes as they are much softer than yam and they cook faster.

Now, Yam and Plantain pottage, let’s get started…


Ingredients: (This Recipe serves 4)

1/2 tuber of small Yam
2 ripe but firm Plantain
11/2 cooking spoons Palm oil
2 Red Bell Pepper( Tatashe)
2 medium Tomatoes
2  whole Onions
2 medium or 3 small Scotch Bonnet( Atarodo)
Raw King Prawns (Optional)
Smoked Prawns (Optional)
Shredded Smoked Fish
2 heaped tablespoons Ground Crayfish
2 knorr cubes or your preferred Bullion Cubes
1/4 cup whole dried crayfish
3 cloves Garlic
250ml Stock/water
Salt to taste


These are the raw king prawns, shredded smoked catfish, dried crayfish and smoked prawns I’ll be using…imageBlend the bell peppers, 1 big onion, scotch bonnet and garlic into a smooth paste and set aside…

Slice and peel your yam, cut into small chunks and set asideYam and plantain pottage
Peel and slice your plantain into small circles and set aside….image
Get a fairly big pot, place on a hob on medium heat, add palm oil. When it’s hot, slice the second onions and add, sauté onions till fragrant…image
When it’s fragrant, add the ground crayfish, sauté for 2 minutes….image
After 2 minutes, add the blended pepper, knorr cubes and salt to taste.
Cover and fry for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning…image
When it’s fried, you’ll know when the pepper reduces considerably and you can no longer taste the sourness of the tomatoes…image
Add the stock/water, combine and leave to cook for a further 2-3 minutes…image
Now, add the yam, combine thoroughly, turn the heat down to low, cover and leave to cook for 15 minutes or until the yam is tender, not soft, just tender.

It needs to cook on low heat just so the yam cooks properly and your stew doesn’t burn in the process.image
When the yam is tender, mash half of the yam…image

Now add the plantain. Combine, cover and cook for 5 minutes…image
After 5 minutes, lift the lid, add the raw prawns, shredded smoked fish smoked prawns and the whole dried crayfish..image
Combine and taste for seasoning, adjust if necessary, cover and continue cooking for another 5-8 minutes..image
Your Yam and Plantain Pottage is ready…. imageimageYam and plantain pottage


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18 thoughts on “Yam and Plantain Pottage Recipe

  1. Thanks so much for always saving me when the headache of what to give my family comes up. Hubby loves the yam porridge and requesting I cook again pretty soon.

  2. Although I haven’t try any recipe here but I’m really impress with your work. Thanks a bunch Aunty, may God bless you

  3. I I love u now & always . you’re also on point. . It came out great though I added scentleaf . All d same it was nice.

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