• Ghanian Yam Balls or Yele Kakro

    Yesterday, I tweeted about this Yam ball recipe I discovered from this Ghanian site Waakye. I couldn’t wait to try it because I had recently been thinking of something different to do with yam. I did not follow the recipe exactly as I like to add my twist to things but I did do most of what was suggested. I also researched some other recipes of the Yam balls or Yele Kakro as the Ghanians call it and found some people added blended tomatoes to the mix. I wanted to be safe on my first trial. Trust me, I would be experimenting with this more. Hope you enjoy the recipe and if you know any different way to make this, Be sure to leave a comment and let us know.


    1 chunky slice of yam

    1 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs (You can season this with maggi)

    1 egg

    1 small piece of fish

    1/2 teaspoon of dry pepper

    1/2 teaspoon of salt

    1 tablespoon of butter

    Oil for deep frying



    Peel and boil the yam till very soft

    Whisk the egg in a bowl and set aside

    Mash the fish as well and set aside

    Mash(Pound) the yam with the butter, salt and pepper.

    Grab a little yam and place a bit of the mashed fish in the middle and roll into a ball.

    Dip in the egg and coat with breadcrumbs and set aside.

    Yam balls before frying

    In hot oil, Deep fry the yam balls till golden brown.

    Serve with a pepper sauce mix, peri peri sauce or as a stand alone appetizer.

    Yam balls with peri peri sauce

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    6 comments on “Ghanian Yam Balls or Yele Kakro”

      • Afrolems Reply

        You can just rub your bread on a grater to make breadcrumbs or you can get it from a supermarket that sells baked goods.

    1. DVees Reply

      Yum – trying this this weekend with your asun recipe – are you sure I don’t need to boil the goat meat???

      Waakye leaf is awesome – you should try their plantain balls (I can’t remember the Ghanaian name) recipe too.

    2. Oyemade Reply

      Yummy yummmy yum yum. I will try dis ready to prepare now and I dont have bread at home can i make it without bread crumbs

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