How to Make Pounded Yam: Why Using a Yam Pounder Machine is Better Than Using A Mortar



Pounded yam must be the most legendary meal in West Africa with its popularity stemming from Nigeria and spreading its wings in Ghana among other countries. The fame of this delicacy has spread worldwide maybe because of the many mentions that the likes of Chinua Achebe, Flora Nwapa, Elechi Amadi have mentioned it in their famous novels. Nigerian movies also have helped spread the fame of this delectable dish.

Because of this, lovers of Nigerian literature spread all over the globe have always wanted to borrow a leaf and try the dish. However, most people out there do not yet know how to make it. There could also be some Nigerians in urban settings who have not seen how pounded yam is prepared.

Though fufu is sweet and easy to eat, pounding yam might not be that easy. It involves back breaking labour of pounding the boiled yams with a mortar and pestle.

It is an art that needs perfection if you are going to make some smooth, non-lumpy fufu. It might require two people to make fufu where one pounds the yams while the other mixes it up in the mortar so that it has a good consistency. You will need to watch out and maintain a rhythm so that you do not smash each other’s fingers as they help mix the pounded food.

Well in this article, we are going to look at simple ways to make pounded fufu.

And lets us get into it.

How to make pounded yam with mortar


Manual pounding of yams could take up to 15 minutes to have your ready soft fufu.

  1. Select some good yams. The secret to making good fufu depends on the choice of yams you select. You select old, wrinkly yams and you will not get good fufu.
  2. Peel out the covers with a knife.
  3. Slice the peeled yam into nice cubes
  4. Make sure that all the yam skin has been removed by washing thoroughly
  5. Add some little water to the sliced yams
  6. Bring to boil
  7. Pound the yams with mortar and pestle

How to use yam pounder machine or blender to make poundo yams without lumps

Manual pounding is difficult and will take a long time to prepare your fufu to the required consistency.

Instead, you could use an electric yam pounder machine.

Research has also shown that using an electric yam pounding machine is not only efficient, time saving but also hygienic.

Fortunately, there is a wide range of yam pounder machines here at Shopsfit. You just need to select the one that meets your needs, add the boiled yams to it and turn the machine on. You can select all the way from 2L to 12L carrying capacity of the yam pounder machines.

At the same time, you can select a machine that is multipurpose. With this kind of machine, you can not only pound your boiled yams but also process your food.

Pounders like the Mr Steel food processor usually have a mincer, blender, and vegetable slicer.

With Mr.Steel yam pounding machine,you will be done pounding in just 2 minutes.


You can also add ripe plantains into your fufu to make it more delicious. So lets look at how to make poundo yams without lumps using a blender:


1.Bring in your boiled and sliced yams into the blender
2.Make sure that the blender is connected securely to electricity or generator
3.Cover the lid
4.Power on the machine
5.Wait till the yams are pounded to a viscous solid
6.Add a little water
7.Add ripe plantains if you have some.