A Fun Yam Dish! Delicious Yamarita


Yams can be cooked in a variety of ways and one of the creative ways is to make a delicious Yamarita.

Yams can be boiled, roasted, dip fried, baked, pounded, added to soups, mashed and so on. As always, international food blogger, Funke Koleosho, is on top of her food game and today, she is serving us some tips on how to cook Yamarita.

Here is what Funke says about the delicious dish…

Yamarita is basically a fun yam dish made from egg washed yam pieces… It has become quite popular in most homes and served as a starter at parties and social events. Below is my take on this fun, snacky dish which has become so popularly in Lagos especially…! I have served with three different types of dips which in my opinion add a lot of taste value to the yam. It’s an explosion of tastes and textures, savouriness and spiciness… Try it. Excellent served as finger foods, snacks and even at children’s events.


Here are what you need

Puna yam
Suya spice
Ground black pepper
Coconut oil
Brown Bean Hummus
Avocado dip
Ata dindin


Mandolin slicer
Round cookie cutter


What to do

Peel the yam and rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of sand.
Do not cut the yam, keep it whole.
Then using the mandolin slicer, run the whole yam tuber across the slicer to make thin, even slices.
Then with a cookie cutter cut out perfect round yam discs.
Transfer the sliced yam into a bowl.
Crack the egg into another bowl and whisk, adding a pinch of salt and ground black pepper.
You may also add some sprinkling of suya spice to the whisked egg.
Meanwhile, heat some coconut oil in a pot.
Dip the sliced yam into the whisked egg and drop into the hot oil to deep fry until golden brown.
Remove the fried yam slices from the oil and place on some kitchen towel to remove excess oil.


To make the avocado dip

Peel and de-stone the avocado
Ensure the one you use is well ripened
Cut the fruit into a bowl and add a sprinkling of sea salt and black pepper.
Using a fork, mash up the fruit into a paste. Sprinkle finished dip with some good quality suya spice.


Yamarita served with Nigerian bean hummus, avocado dip and ata dindin.


Funke Koleosho has so many exciting and yummy Nigerian cuisine on her blog. If you are a food lover and you want to cook some extraordinary unique dishes, hop over to her blog to see her delicacies with recipes.

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