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How to Cook Nigerian Beans and Yam Pottage

Eunice loves to cook food from her native Nigerian cuisine and share her recipes with others.

Nigerian beans and yam pottage.

Nigerian beans and yam pottage.

A Traditional Nigerian Dish

Beans and yam pottage, or stew, is a traditional Nigerian dish. I like to call it a feast in one dish, as it is delicious and extremely filling. It's also very easy to make. This is my own recipe.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

1 hour

1 hour 10 min

2 servings (2 cups of beans and 2 slices of yam)


  • 1/4 yam tuber, chopped
  • 3 cups white beans
  • 1/2 cup crayfish, ground
  • 2 cubes soy seasoning (I use Knorr brand)
  • 1 fish, smoked or dried
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 kilogram beef, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup palm oil


  1. Boil the beans until they are soft. Pour them out into a colander and drain.
  2. In a pot, steam the meat and fish with salt, pepper, onions and seasoning cubes for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour 1 cup of water into the pot. Add the ground crayfish and palm oil. Bring to a boil and allow the oil to completely disperse in the boiling mixture. Taste for salt.
  4. Throw in the chopped yam. Add the cooked beans. Cover the pot for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve hot.
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Basil and Sweet Potato Variation

For a different take on this recipe, you can add basil (scent leaves) and sweet potatoes.

In addition to the ingredients above, add:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, chopped
  • basil leaves (scent leaves), sliced


  1. Add the chopped potatoes after adding the yam and beans. Cover for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the sliced basil (scent leaves) and cover for another 10-20 minutes until it's completely cooked.
  3. Serve hot.

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