5 Creative Ways to Incorporate Poundo Yam into Your Cooking


Yam Flour is one of the most recognisable staple foodstuffs in Nigeria. Because Ayoola Foods Poundo Yam does not disappoint, households across the globe have relied on it to make their favourite African dishes. And Poundo can be used in a variety of ways. Primarily a like-for-like substitute for the popular West African dish pounded yam, Poundo Yam is not only a delicious and nutritious meal but also incredibly versatile. Made from yam tubers, it can be enjoyed in various forms and paired with a wide array of ingredients.

Poundo Yam now comes in incredible new packaging, delivering the same quality in an ultra-modern way. Why? Because the superfood continues to grow from its humble beginnings as a staple of pristine traditional culture, to being a fundamental household foodstuff for millions of households worldwide.

In this post, we are going to show you some creative ways to incorporate poundo yam into your cooking repertoire and take your culinary adventures to the next level:

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1. Poundo Yam and an African Soup

A classic pairing, pounded yam and African soups is a match made in heaven. This pairing is also the most popular way to consume pounded yam, which is a swallow dish. For the sake of example, you can pair your Poundo Yam with Egusi. Egusi is a West African soup made from ground melon seeds. It is rich and flavorful and perfectly complements the smooth and fluffy texture of Poundo. The combination of flavours in this traditional Nigerian dish will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

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2. Poundo Yam as Soup Thickener

The truth is, Poundo is severely underrated. We all know that Ayoola Poundo Yam Flour is easily prepared and can be eaten with any soup of your choice. But not everybody knows that it is also used as a thickening agent to prepare some soups. And guess what? It’s also a much healthier option than the popular alternative. Most people use cornstarch as a thickener for soups, but like all refined carbs, too much consumption of cornstarch may lead to health problems. Yam flour, however, is a rich source of fibre which is good for weight loss. It also contains potassium and manganese which are important for bone health and growth. It is also rich in micronutrients like vitamin C, a strong antioxidant that helps to boost the immune system.


3. Poundo Yam Pancakes

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A lot of people are not aware of the versatile nature of yam flour. Aside from making savoury swallow dishes, you can use Poundo to make a healthy, delicious pancake recipe, for a delightful breakfast or light dinner.

Simply mix the poundo yam powder with eggs, milk, and a touch of sugar, and voila!

Serve with your favourite syrup, fruit, or even a dollop of whipped cream for a delightful twist on the classic pancake. You can check out other preparation recipes here.

4. Poundo Yam Bread

We know Poundo Yam bread doesn’t sound like the delicious flour meal you’re used to eating alongside your morning beverage, and we concede that this is probably the most experimental entry on the list.

But a few years ago, a study revealed that yam flour appears to be a promising candidate for increasing the nutritional composition of bread. It could even be better than Wheat Bread in some ways. Don’t believe us, believe the science. According to the Cereal & Grains Association, the incorporation of unfermented or fermented yam flour at up to 10% appears to give acceptable quality traits in comparison to bread made with 100% wheat flour.

5. Poundo Yam Gnocchi

pictured above is sweet potato gnocchi, but the poundo yam variant will look similar

Are we getting a bit fancy with it? Yes. But that doesn’t mean this isn’t one of the best entries on our list!

Put a unique twist on an Italian classic by substituting traditional potato gnocchi with Poundo yam. Mix the poundo yam with flour, eggs, and a hint of nutmeg to create a dough. Roll the dough into small balls and cook them in boiling water until they float to the surface.

Of course, this is just our simplistic, boring recipe so you can follow this tutorial here.

In that recipe, however, the chefs boiled their yam and pounded it themselves.

However, you could skip that process by preparing your poundo (as you would when you want to eat it with soup), and then roll the prepared poundo into little balls and continue following the recipe from the video.

Disclaimer: All recipes are credited to their respective owners. Ayoola Foods Poundo Yam is not responsible for the recipes suggested in this article. 

**This post is sponsored by Ayoola Foods Ltd. **

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