Yam Porridge with Bitterleaf

If you walk into the house of someone from Igboland and smell Bitterleaf Soup, please make sure you confirm what exactly they are cooking before you go dey drool for Bitterleaf Soup when they are cooking Bitterleaf Yam Porridge.

But not to worry, you will not be disappointed at all when this meal lands in front of you. In fact, you will be amazed. This tasty yam delicacy contains most of the ingredients used in Bitterleaf Soup, but tastes better, especially when you use very sweet white puna yam.

yam porridge with bitterleaf


  • ~1.8kg white puna yam
  • A handful dry fish crumbs (aja azu)
  • A handful ukpaka (shredded oil bean)
  • 1 tablespoon ground crayfish
  • 1 big stock cube
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • A handful well-washed bitter leaves
  • Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ogiri Igbo (castor seed paste)
  • Palm Oil (enough to colour the food)

For the detailed recipe, visit the Yam Porridge with Bitterleaf page.


  1. Yummy looking!!! Can one add locust beans?

  2. Just located your website on yesterday, quite impressed, purchased your book can't wait to get it. I'm an American living in LA. Lived in Lago for about a year, some years ago – loved the Food. Congratulations to you!!!

    • Aww welcome to the site Susana. I’m glad you like Nigerian food and I hope you’ll find the book helpful. Thankfully, you can find some of the ingredients in LA. Thanks for your nice words. 🙂

  3. thk u vry much ,hmmmm dis is great

  4. Where can I find ukpaka in Florida? Is it known by any other name in the States?

    • Hi Benita, I am not sure. Hopefully someone who knows will see your question and give you an answer.
      Another name ukpaka is known by is ugba. In English it is known as shredded oil bean but most often these Nigerian food items are labelled with their traditional names. What I do here when looking for an ingredient it to show an image of it to African food shop owners and they can tell straight away if they have it. Click this link for an image of ukpaka you can use for that.

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