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A delicious Nigerian dinner bowl

How to Make Simple And Healthy Sweet Potato Porridge

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  • Author: Nkechi Ajaeroh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Nigerian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This sweet potato porridge is simple, spectacular, flavorful and mouthwatering. Fully packed with nutritious ingredients. It is a family favorite for brunch, lunch, or dinner.


  • 3 big sweet potatoes (or up to 810 small ones or any quantity you desire)
  • 23 tablespoon of olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
  • 3 cups of fresh spinach (or 1 bag of 12oz frozen spinach; you may not use all of it; spinach is optional)
  • 3 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh vegetables (onions, garlic and bell peppers)
  • 2 tablespoons of ground crayfish
  • 10 oz. of dry fish
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (always add salt according to your taste or health need)
  • 2 Maggi cubes or 2 teaspoons of seasoning bullion powder.
  • ½ teaspoon of dry thyme
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • a dash of crush red pepper or ground red pepper
  • 12 cups of water (do not add to much water)


  1. Wash, peel, and cut sweet potatoes; set aside. Chop the other vegetables as well. Wash and clean the dry fish if you are using it.
  2. Set a clean pot/pan on the stove, and turn the stove to medium and allow to warm up. Add oil and heat up, then add about ½ teaspoon salt and the chopped fresh vegetables except for the spinach.
  3. Sauté for about 2 minutes and add the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes (or until it no longer tastes raw. Then add crayfish, and fish while reducing the heat (this process helps the fish to become more flavorful). Ensure that the heat is still low to avoid the tomatoes sticking to the pot and stir mildly. 
  4. Add all the other condiments: salt, thyme, curry, ground or crush red pepper, crayfish, one Maggi or Knorr cube, and stir to combine. Then add water and stir; taste for flavor and adjust.
  5. Gently add the cut sweet potatoes, give a good stir, and turn the heat to medium-high.
  6. Cover the pot, and cook for the next 15 – 20 minutes or until the potatoes soften. Check on the potatoes every 5 – 7 minutes, and give a small stir if need be.) 
  7. Finally, stir in the spinach when the potatoes are soft and simmer for another 1 – 2 minutes. Garnish with spring onions, and enjoy!


Make this meal vegetarian by not adding ground crayfish, and dry fish (I personally love adding these proteins.) You can also substitute with tofu.

The length of time you cook this dish will the depend on how big or small you cut the potatoes.

When it comes to making this sweet potato porridge, the bottom line is to own it and make it your way. You can substitute sweet potatoes for regular (white) potatoes; mix both if you so desire. Or you can add some ripe plantain, take a look at the video, and notice that I added some plantains; I made sure to cut them the same size as the potatoes.

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