Pounded Yam Cheese Balls: A Delicious African-Inspired Snack

Pounded Yam Cheese Balls: A Delicious African-Inspired Snack

Transform Traditional Pounded Yam into Irresistible Cheese-Filled Delights

Embark on a culinary journey with African Food Box as we reinvent a beloved African staple – pounded yam – into a mouth-watering snack that's perfect for any occasion. Traditionally a luscious side, pounded yam takes the spotlight inthis recipe, morphing into savoury cheese balls that are bound to be a hit with your guests. Infused with aromatic parsley and the unique kick of suya powder,these cheese-filled delights are a fusion of traditional flavours and modern snacking. Whether you're hosting a party or just craving a tasty treat, these Pounded Yam Cheese Balls are sure to impress!


  • 250g Pounded Yam (one wrap)
  • 1/8 cup Corn Flour
  • 1 tsp Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Suya Powder
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Optional: Chilli Flakes
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • Breadcrumbs, for coating
  • Mozzarella Cheese, cut into small cubes
  • Oil, for frying


  1. Prepare the Pounded Yam: Let the pounded yam come to room temperature. Mix with corn flour, parsley, suya powder, salt, pepper, and chilli flakes (if using). Knead until the mixture is pliable.
  2. Form the Cheese Balls: Take a small portion of the pounded yam mixture, flatten it slightly, and place a cube of mozzarella cheese in the centre. Encase the cheese with the yam mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat this process until all the mixture is used.
  3. Coat and Fry: Dip each ball first in the beaten egg and then roll in breadcrumbs to coat evenly. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the balls until golden and crispy. Alternatively, for a healthier option, air fry them until they have a crispy texture.
  4. Serve: Enjoy these warm, cheesy treats as a snack or a unique appetizer. They're best served fresh and hot!

Tips for Perfection:

  • Ensure the pounded yam is at room temperature for easy handling.
  • For an even more flavourful kick, add a bit more suya powder or chilli flakes according to your taste preference.
  • The air fryer method provides a healthier alternative without compromising on the crispy texture.

With our Pounded Yam Cheese Balls, you're not just enjoying a snack; you're experiencing a piece of African heritage reinvented for the modern palate. For more innovative recipes that celebrate African flavours, stay tuned to African Food Box. Dive into the delicious world of African cuisine, where every bite tells a story.

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