- Yam30 to 35 small piecesChopped into small cubes for easy mashing. You can see the 4th picture above to see the quantity I used.
- Egg1 Pieces
- Milk1 1/2 CupsIf you use powdered milk, add 2 tablespoons to 1 1/2 cups of water and dissolve
- Butter1 1/2 Tablespoons
- SaltTo tasteYou can also use any chicken bouillon/seasoning cube
- Suya Spice (Optional)1 Teaspoons
- Vegetable Oil1 TablespoonsFor Frying
These yam pancakes were are very reminiscent of yam balls. The main difference is that this is pan-fried, the batter is more moist than yam balls due to the addition of milk and are flattened while frying to look like pancakes. These yam pancakes were also made without flour.
These are savoury and not sweet so I chose to spice mine with suya spice but you can use any spice or seasonings of choice. You can also skip the spice and just use salt and pepper. You can add chopped peppers and onions, little cuts of sausages, shrimps, minced meat to your yam batter and fry. The choice is yours 🙂
This recipe makes about 9 yam pancakes.
Step 1. Put the chopped yam into a pot, add water, salt to taste and cook the yam until it is soft and done.
Step 2. Drain any remaining water from the yam and mash the cooked yam until it is smooth and lump free. Don’t over mash so the yam won’t become stretchy like pounded yam.
Step 3. Add milk to a pan, add the butter and heat until the butter has melted. this should take just a few seconds. Don’t let the milk start cooking/bubbling. Immediately the butter melts, bring it down or out if using a microwave. Stir to mix both together
Step 4. Break the egg and add it to the milk mixture. Mix until everything is combined.
Step 5. Add in the suya spice or whatever spice/seasoning you will be using, give it a good stir and pour the milk mixture into the mashed yam. Mix thoroughly until everything is combined.
***Taste the mashed yam for salt before adding in the milk mixture. If yours needs more salt, just add salt to the milk mixture in addition to whatever spice you will be using. If you want it flavourful, you can add in bouillon/seasoning cube and if you want it spicy, add some ground pepper as well.
Step 6. At this point your yam batter should be thick but soft and moist at the same time. See 3rd picture in the image gallery above to see what the batter looks like. It shouldn’t be watery or runny at all. If yours happens to be watery, just add flour to thicken. You may not get the same results as the ones made flour free but you’ll like it anyway. Like this potato pancake recipe that was made with flour.
Step 7. Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to a nonstick frying pan or spray a nonstick frying pan with oil. This is pan-fried and not deep fried so don’t add too much oil. Heat the oil.
Step 8. Take 1/4 cup of the yam batter or whatever quantity you want and mould it into a ball with your hands. Then flatten it into the shape of a patty. Don’t let it be too large so the insides of the yam will cook properly.
Step 9. Put the yam patty into the pan, then use the back of a spoon to neatly arrange the edges so you get a perfectly round shape. Depending on the size of your frying pan, you can repeat and add in as much of the yam batter as you want but don’t overcrowd the pan. Let there be space to fry each individual pancake comfortably.
***Be sure to flatten as gently as possible and don’t over flatten so the yam batter doesn’t split open.
Step 10. On low heat, fry the yam pancake until it is done. Once the underside browns, gently flip to the other side and fry until both sides are done and brown enough. It is important to use low heat and not fry on high heat so the yam won’t just brown nicely on the surface with overly moist and uncooked insides. Even though the yam was basically cooked in the beginning, the addition of milk and egg rendered it uncooked again. Just use low heat so the insides will cook properly.
Repeat until you have fried all the yam batter. Don’t forget to keep already fried ones in a warm place while you fry the remaining ones.
Done. Your Yam Pancake is ready. Serve immediately while hot/warm. You can eat it plain or serve with some tomato sauce, pepper sauce, fried eggs or any breakfast cereal of choice.