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DIY Recipe How to prepare yam balls

Pulse daily DIY recipe teaches prospective chefs how to prepare healthy, Ghanaian dishes in a simple way.

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Yam balls

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Yam balls is very tasty and you can use potatoes instead of yam. They are traditionally made plain, but can be flavoured with vegetables, meat, fish or different spices.


  • Yam

  • Finely chopped onions

  • Chopped tomatoes

  • Chopped fresh thyme

  • Finely chopped chilli

  • Finely chopped spring onion

  • Garlic clove, crushed

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper

  • Seasoned flour, for dusting

  • Oil, for shallow frying


  1. Peel the yam, cut into pieces and boil in salted water for about 30 minutes until tender. Drain and mash.

  2. Add the onion, tomatoes, thyme, chilli, spring onion, garlic, then stir in the egg and seasoning and mix well.

  3. Using a tablespoon, scoop a little of the mixture at a time and mould into balls.

  4. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan, roll the yam balls in the seasoned flour and fry for a few minutes until golden brown.

  5. Drain on kitchen paper and keep them warm while cooking the rest of the mixture.

  6. Serve hot.

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