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What is Yam Flour?

Yam flour is a white powdered starch derived from yam peels or yam itself. It is commonly used in African dishes, mostly known in the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria such as Amala.

It is prepared by grinding dried yams until they turn to powder form, and is usually prepared using the Eba or semolina method.

The color is sometimes deep or light brown if ground with the yam peels, and white if only the edible part is used and afterward made into bolus or swallow. This food is best consumed with ewedu soup, okra soup, ogbono and Eforiro soup.


Yam flour is rich in iron and carbohydrate with less cholesterol. It reduces low-density lipoproteins due to its high water content than most of the other swallow foods.

Its health benefits are numerous as it is good for weight loss, improves cardiovascular diseases, helps to manage diabetes, reduces the risk of cancer, boosts immunity naturally, improves eye health, stimulates the digestive system.

Also, a rich source of vitamin B6, prevents anti-ageing, fight against heart disease, promotes balance in the body, good for menopausal women, prevention of gallbladder stone, a rich source of carbohydrate, a rich source of vitamin,  and provides the body with the essential minerals.

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