How to make pounded yam using a food processor

When I first learnt from a friend years ago about making pounded yam in food processor, I was like wow! that is real cool. Even though I’m not a pounded yam fan but when it comes to kitchen task, I love any gadget or appliance that makes the work easier and faster. I’m all for the easy life! who wouldn’t be pleased to know you don’t have to go through the task of sweating it out over a mortar and pestle making pounded yam? that you can whip up hot pounded yam anytime you so wish without being put off by the physical exercise it involves?

At the time my friend gave me this information, what I had was a mini chopper. I put it to test and yes it made pounded yam. I had since made pounded yam in a food processor and also in a stand mixer. I will be posting how to with mini chopper and stand mixer in another post but for now here is how to make pounded yam in a food processor.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

You will need

Food processor with dough blade



1) Cut yam into small shapes and rinse.


2) Put rinsed yam in a pot, pour water to be slightly above the yam and boil yam till very soft.

Do not add salt. Yam for pounded yam is unsalted.


3) When yam is cooked till soft and while pot is still on heat, pick the yam slices into the food processor.

If there are still yam cubes left in the pot , do not take off heat. Yam should be from heat to food processor.


4) Switch on the food processor and watch it turn your boiled yam to pounded yam. It takes approximately 1 minute to achieve this.


Few seconds and already churning away beautifully



Pounded yam is done and it takes less than 2 minutes to make it in food processor


5) Using a spatula or spoon scoop out hot pounded yam into a plate.

pounded yam

See how stretchy, smooth and fluffy the pounded yam is? That’s easy peasy pounded yam with no sweat of pounding with mortar and pestle.

food processor pounded yam

Enjoy with groundnut soup (HERE), Ogbono (HERE), Ila asepo (HERE) or any other soup.

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