Nigerian Recipe

How to Make Delicious Yam Porridge (Yadda Ake Faten Doya)

yadda ake Faten Doya

Yam Porridge (Faten Doya) is yet another way of enjoying yam. It is called Yam Porridge in English, while some people choose to call it Pottage. However, the two terminologies can be used interchangeably. In this article, I will teach you how to make yam porridge or pottage (yadda ake Faten Doya).

Faten Doya is one of the different types of Fate Recipes that we have, such as Faten Wake, Faten Dankali, Faten Shinkafa, Faten Tsaki, and so on. It will interest you to know that this meal is not only delicious but also very easy to prepare.

Perhaps you have asked how this meal is made (ya ake faten doya). Worry no more as you have come to the right place.

Let’s get started.

How to Make Yam Porridge (Yadda Ake Faten Doya)


Cooking pot
Cooking spoon


Spinach (alayyahu)
Vegetable oil or palm oil
Boiled meat or fish

Procedure for Preparing Faten Doya

STEP 1: Peel the yam and cut it into small pieces. Wash it and leave it in the water. Keep it aside.

STEP 2: Cut the spinach (alayyahu) and onions into small slices. Then add salt and wash them together in a bowl. Keep it aside too.

STEP 3: Also, cut the tomatoes, pepper, and the remaining onions onto a plate and set aside.

STEP 4: Turn on the cooker and put the cooking pot on it. Pour the vegetable oil or palm oil and add a few slices of onions. Allow to fry for 3 minutes.

STEP 5: Now pour the cut or sliced vegetables in STEP 3 into the cooking pot. Also, add the boiled meat or fish and stir. Allow to fry for 15 minutes.

STEP 6: When well fried, pour water and add the spices, seasoning cubes, and salt to taste. Allow to boil.

STEP 7: When boiling, add the cut yam to the cooking pot and allow it to cook for 20 minutes.

STEP 8: When the yam is soft, add the contents of STEP 2 and stir very well. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

STEP 9: Turn off the heat, pour in a warmer, and your Faten Doya (Yam Porridge or Pottage) is ready.

How to Serve Yam Porridge (Faten Doya)

Faten Doya is usually served on plates and eaten either with a spoon or fork. You could have a small knife to use in cutting the meat before eating just in case it’s big.

Don’t forget to take this meal with chilled water and/or any drink of your choice.

Faten Doya (Yam Porridge)

Occasions to Serve Best

It can be eaten as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, it can be served at naming ceremonies, during festive periods, Eids, weddings, and the likes.

You could even enjoy it as a double-fire (dumame).

How to Store Yam Porridge

It can be stored for 24 hours if stored in a warmer. If you don’t have a warmer, you can simply leave it in the pot, but you will need to warm it at least twice a day. Alternatively, a refrigerator could make it last for days without spoiling.

Health Benefits of Yam Porridge

Faten Doya (Yam Porridge or Pottage) helps in preventing and relieving arthritis symptoms, reducing cholesterol, and improving hormone balance.


Faten Doya can be a great addition to your food timetable as it is packed with a lot of nutrients.

As you’ve seen, in just 9 steps, we were able to make this meal. I’m sure you now know how to make Faten Doya (yadda ake faten doya). You should give it a try.

You could also check how to make, How to Make Beans and Sweet Potato Porridge and Dambun Kaza (Chicken Floss).

You are always welcome to Northpad Nigeria for more local delicacies.

Fatima Sani

Fatima Sani is an enthusiastic writer. She loves writing, basically on delicacies - Northern Nigerian delicacies to be specific. More so, she derives joy from sharing her kitchen expertise to those in need.

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