Should Yam Be Boiled With Salt, Sugar Or Both?

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Hello Aunty Eya and Wives Connection Fam. I boil yams with salt but now that new yams are
out, I don't enjoy the taste of my boiled yams. Should yams be boiled with salt or sugar? Which is better?

Please help a learner yam chef.


  1. I always use salt, but i know that some people add sugar...I have never tried it though 'cos I don't know how well it will turn out. Please if anyone has tried using sugar, let us know. I like that sugary taste of old yam, so I guess sugar might make new yams taste better.....kinda like old yams.

  2. FAVOUR9/13/2013

    Sorry to deviate please. I just got married and hubby's favorite is very elastic pounded yam. I want to get either a mortar and pestle or pounded yam machine but can't tell which produces more elastic pounded yam. Is mortar or machine better? someone please help.

    1. You can try Osuji Yam Pounder. Google it and you'll see their website.
      Meanwhile you'll need a mortar in your house as a home manager. Somethings just can't blend, like Ehuru (calabash nutmeg)

    2. Anonymous10/18/2013

      Osuji Yam Pounder will give you a very elastic poundo yam. I use it and it comes out very well.

  3. Anonymous9/13/2013

    I think mortal is still d best\u can boil ur new yam with both salt and sugar but d sugar must be little.

  4. Anonymous9/13/2013

    well the elasticity most often is from the specie of the yam, yam wey no one draw poundam till thy kingdom com e no go do, so my candid advice , buy pounder and reserve your energy for the soup preparation. Ado Ok sis

  5. I always add sugar to new yam while boiling it with just a lil salt.
    The sugar makes all the difference- you won't even notice the newness of the yam ;).

  6. My sister eh, I cooked d so called new. Yamm with salt, d tin dey taste like wood!
    I think I will add sugar next time and see how it comes out!

  7. I use both. N it taste good.

  8. For new yam, I add sugar and no salt, but just two cubes of sugar and then don't put too much water! Allow the yam absorb all the water but not to the extent of letting the yam burn ooo! I learnt this some months back and I so enjoy my new yam boiled this way!

  9. Anonymous9/13/2013

    Dis is y I love dis blog, I learn new things everyday.

  10. Anonymous9/13/2013

    I use salt both new and old tam and it nice.

  11. O Y̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥å. Sugar all d way. Back in d days. Cnt rem d last tym I cooked yam tho

  12. Anonymous9/13/2013

    Ah! I have learnt one thing today Oo°˚˚˚°! I HATE new yam it feels like I'm under punishment wen I eat it. But I'll give dis sugar method a try.

  13. Yes, I use few cubes of sugar for new yam and it tastes beta dan d one wit salt.

  14. Anonymous9/20/2013

    Boil the new yam with sweet potatoes

  15. anonymous1/17/2014

    It's better with sugar, gives it a very sweet taste n goes well with egg sauce

  16. I just ate yam that was fried with sugar at a big fast food......e no give me talking mouth


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