Yam Recipe: Spiced Yam Balls

I love yams and never tire of eating them. But just so not to become too monotonous I try cooking yam in diverse ways. This sure works perfectly for my daughter too!

Are there some yam lovers in the house as well? Yams are awesomely nutritious. And contrary to the general belief that they're fattening and thus should be avoided due to their carb content, yam do pack some healthy punch that will do you a whole lot of good. Like I always say, moderation is the watchword!

Yams are low in sodium, saturated Fat, and cholesterol. They are also an excellent source of Fibre, Vitamins B and C, Potassium, Manganese and Vitamin C.

Let’s make some yam balls!

hand holding yam balls


  • ½ medium sized yam, peeled
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh green pepper, diced (optional)
  • 2 fresh ata rodo, diced
  • ½ tsp chilli pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • 1 seasoning cube
  • Salt to taste
  • Any choice of heart friendly oil for frying


Cut peeled yam into cubes. Place in pot with a pinch of salt and cook till very soft.

Remove from heat, drain water, place in a bowl and mash until very smooth.

Add diced tomatoes, onion, garlic and chilli powders, thyme and yolk from one of the eggs into the mashed yam and mix thoroughly. Scoop a portion of the yam paste and mould into balls till you have them all neatly shaped. Set aside.

Put remaining eggs in another bowl, add a cube of seasoning and mix well. Dip yam balls into egg mixture then roll sparingly in bread crumbs.

Deep fry in hot oil until crispy and golden brown. Remove and place on kitchen towel to soak up excess oil.

Serve with peppered veggie corned beef sauce (my favourite) or any sauce of choice. It can also be served as snacks.