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Fried Yam with Pepper Sauce (Dundun)

Crispy fried yam with pepper sauce is a delicious savory dish that can be served as a starter or side. With a few simple ingredients you’ll be serving this delicious dish in no time!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Nigerian
Keyword: fried yam
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 punya yam
  • 4-5 fresh tomatoes (or 1 can of plum tomatoes)
  • 2 onions
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger (optional)
  • 2 scotch bonnet
  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 1 Knorr chicken seasoning cube
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-2 tsp of thyme
  • 1-2 tbsp of dried ground cray fish
  • 3 plantains
  • Palm oil (to cook pepper sauce)
  • Vegetable oil (to fry yam and plantain)


How to Make Fried Yam

  • Chop and peel one punya yam. Wash it thoroughly and remove all the dirt.
  • Then, add the yam pieces to a saucepan and pour in enough water to cover the yam. Add a pinch of salt and cook for 7-10 minutes.
  • Once the yam has been cooked drain out the water and deep fry the yam in vegetable oil for 5- 7 minutes or until the yam is golden yellow.
  • Place yam fries on a paper towel to soak excess oil.

How to Make Pepper Sauce

  • Add 4-5 fresh tomatoes (or 1 can of plum tomatoes), 1 onion, 2 scotch bonnets, 2 red bell peppers and ½ tbsp of fresh ginger (optional) to a blender and pulse for 2-3 times. The consistency should not be smooth.
  • Pour 4-6 tbsp of palm oil into a saucepan. Once the oil is hot, pour in the blended mixture and cook for 7-10 minutes on a medium heat. Season with 1 Knorr chicken seasoning cube, salt to taste, 1-2 tsp of thyme, 1-2 tbsp of dried ground cray fish and stir. Option to add 1/2 of a chopped onion, 1/2 of a chopped tomato and 1/2 of a chopped red bell pepper. Cook the pepper sauce on a low heat for 20-25 minutes and stir from time to time. Once it is ready serve along side dundun and plantain!

How to Fry Plantain

  • Start by peeling the plantain and removing the skin.
  • Then, chop the plantain into the shape of a fry.
  • Deep fry plantains until golden brown on each side.
  • Place plantain on paper towel to soak excess oil. Then, serve with dundun and pepper sauce. Enjoy :)


  • Remove the stem from the red bell pepper and scotch bonnets before blending.
  • Chop onions and red bell peppers before pulsing.