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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ji Fried Sweet Yam Fritters Recipe

Ji means yam in the West African Igbo language. Yams are a favorite food of West Africa's yam belt; especially fried yams. 


The white yam originated in West Africa and accounts for 90% of world production of yams. The yam belt of West Africa includes Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Bénin and Togo along their forest and savanna areas. Nigeria yields 70% of the world's yams. 

This is a recipe for classic African Yam fritters prepared in many West African homes as a favorite yam recipe.
Africa Yam recipe makes delicious African Food

Ji Fried Sweet Yam Fritters


Ingredients:

1 cup cooked yams (not sweet potatoes)

1 cup rice flour or all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white sugar

Oil for frying

Directions:

In a large bowl mash yams into a thick paste adding a small amount of water if needed. Add flour and sugar mixing well. In large frying pan heat 2 cups of oil, drop by tablespoon the mixture into the hot oil until golden brown on each side. Remove from oil onto a paper towel to remove excess oil. Serve warm drizzled with honey and powdered sugar if desired. 


Did you know?

One yam can weigh up to 150 pounds and are delicious barbecued, roasted, fried, grilled, boiled, and smoked.


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