Pounded yam served with efo riro and fried meat

Pounded yam is a popular Nigerian dish made by boiling yam and then pounding it until it becomes a smooth, stretchy, dough-like consistency. It is typically served with a soup or stew and a protein, such as fried cow meat.

Efo riro is a traditional Nigerian vegetable soup made with a variety of green vegetables, including spinach, kale, and collard greens. It is typically cooked with a combination of spices, herbs, and protein, such as smoked fish or meat.

To prepare the dish, you will need:


  • 1 large yam
  • Water
  • Salt
  • 1 pound cow meat
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups mixed greens (spinach, kale, collard greens)
  • 2 tablespoons crayfish
  • 2 tablespoons palm oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Peel the yam and cut it into small pieces. Rinse in cold water and place in a pot with enough water to cover the yam. Add salt to taste and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the yam is cooked, drain the water and place the yam in a mortar or bowl. Use a pestle or potato masher to pound the yam until it is smooth and stretchy.
  3. Cut the cow meat into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper. Heat some vegetable oil in a pan and fry the meat until it is browned on all sides.
  4. In a separate pot, heat the palm oil and sauté the onion and tomatoes until they are soft and fragrant. Add the crayfish and mixed greens and cook until the greens are wilted.
  5. Add the fried cow meat to the pot and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve the pounded yam with the efo riro and fried cow meat. Enjoy!

This dish is a delicious and filling meal that is perfect for any occasion.

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