Asaro (Yam Porridge) By Chidinma

Nutritious Yam Porridge
 Hello, Aunt Eya, this is the recipe.

Thank you, for having me over again. I'd like to introduce you to:

Asaro, My Way

With all the ways yam can be cooked (fried, baked, mashed, pounded), I find that, more often than not, I turn to yam porridge.

Yam porridge (Asaro), when cooked right, is a delight to behold, and to taste. It always has a spicy creaminess (I'm sure that's not a word), and the yams just melt in your mouth. The stock from

the meat is very well absorbed into the yams and the dish tastes like heaven in a bowl. I'm not a yam person, but I think I'd sell my birthright for a bowl of well cooked yam porridge (I'm sure it was yam porridge that did Esau in, LOL).

My version of Asaro cuts the oil in half, and I always add some protein, and a few vegetables at the end.

Confession: to take this recipe to another level, use goat or dried bush meat in place of the beef. They lend a depth of flavour to the dish that beef doesn't. I used beef only because I didn't have goat or bush meat at home (can someone tell me where to buy bush meat in Abuja? Thank you).

Ingredients (this serves 4)

300g of meat, chopped
3 atarodo/habanero, blended
1 cup of dried ground crayfish
2 stock cubes
1 tablespoon of salt, divided
1/4 cup of palm oil
300g of dried fish, washed
1 teaspoon of dried ground pepper
2 cups of sliced amaranth leaves (green, alieho)
1 medium red onion, sliced

Cooking Method

Put meat, atarodo, crayfish, 1 stock cube, and half tablespoon of salt in a large pot. Add 5 cups of water. Set the pot over medium-high heat. Cook for 10 minutes.

Add yam, fish, palm oil, dried pepper, and the remaining stock cube. Stir, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.

Stir again, and taste. Add the remaining salt if necessary. Add the onions and vegetables.

Stir well and remove from heat immediately.

I hope you make this and love it!

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories:                      587

Protein:                       26.6g
Fat:                              20.9g
Carbs:                         77.1g (1.1g of sugar)
Fibre:                           8.7g
Cholesterol:                66.8mg

Cast of characters for yam porridge
Boiling meat

Add fish and yam

Add greens and onions

Enjoy your soft yam porridge

Yam porridge cooked with meat, fish and green vegetables

Enjoy yam porridge lunch.
Chidinma is the chief chef blogger behind The fruitful Kitchen.


  1. easy 2 prepare

    1. Absolutely yummy and yes it's easy to prepare!

  2. Anonymous2/04/2014

    This is a delight to the eyes.

  3. This looks lovely and I'm sure it tastes yummy as well. Chidinma u do well.

  4. Anonymous2/04/2014

    Makes me miss home (Nigeria) :(
    Cost an arm n leg to prepare this here...

  5. Anonymous2/04/2014

    On second thoughts, would Irish potato Asaro look or taste nice??...perhaps I try that...

    1. It will taste nice. Try it

  6. Anonymous2/04/2014

    Please dinma , what kind of green vegetable is this ?

    1. Anonymous2/04/2014

      It's that one they call green here. How do I explain ooo? I think it's called efo as well (pls don't quote me o). It's the most abundant/cheapest in the market.

  7. Anonymous2/04/2014

    Thank you, Lizzy.
    Anon 2:50, use sweet potatoes instead og irish...then again, feel free to experiment

  8. Nutritious yam meal. But I prefer using ugu vegetable.

  9. Anonymous2/04/2014

    Green is also known as "efo tete"

  10. Saw this ealier today @ the office I couldn't help but drool. Wonderful job poster

  11. tokoni2/04/2014

    When I make yam por some times d yam doesn't soak d oil, I.e it comes out looking like yam and oil. Pls any suggestions on how to prevent this.

    1. Anonymous2/04/2014

      You need to let the yam cook soft. It has to soften well to soak the palm oil

  12. I prepared this meal last night nd it was yummy.thx

  13. Anonymous2/07/2014

    Bb, I'm grateful for your feedback. Thank you

  14. just prepared this meal! i'll wait for the verdict after my nigerian uncle tastes it

  15. Anonymous4/08/2014

    i pray my family like this, i just made it (cooking for the first time) my uncle just came from nigeria let see what he thinks

  16. Anonymous4/16/2014

    Wow! Never cooked a delicious yam porridge until I tried this recipe. My family loved it. Bless you.
    Pamela, Jos, Nigeria


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