Series: Palm Oil Recipes to Try at Home – January

Published on: January 15, 2022

It’s a new year, and on the top of many people’s New Year’s resolution list is to eat healthier. Eating healthy isn’t always easy, and it’s easy to fall under the pretense that there isn’t enough time to cook heathy food. Luckily today we are going to look at a very quick and easy healthy dish that you can make at home in no time. This month’s palm oil recipes series is going to focus on a vegetarian curry, perfect for the cold winter months.

This recipe comes from a Nigerian food blogger. Palm oil is often a staple of Nigerian cuisine as you can see from some of our previous posts. Yams and palm oil are ingredients that are used in plenty and often in cooking from this part of the world, and this warming recipe incorporates both.

Yam Curry with Palm Oil


  • ¼ puna yam (a regular yam will do if you cannot find one)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 habanero peppers
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 bunch of basil leaves
  • 1 cup of vegetable stock
  • 1 ½ cups of coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp of red palm oil
  • ½ tbsp coconut nectar
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice


  1. Peel & slice the yam before placing it into a saucepan with water, boil until tender
  2. Cut the onion in half – cut one half into 4 large pieces, chop the other half into small pieces
  3. Cut ¾ of the red bell pepper into pieces
  4. Place the large onion pieces and red bell pepper into a food processor and blend (be sure to have ¼ of red bell pepper saved off to the side)
  5. Finely slice the remaining red pepper and set aside for garnish
  6. Prep your basil by rough chopping and setting off to the side
  7. Heat up your red palm oil in a saucepan over medium heat
  8. Add chopped onions and stir for 1-2 minutes until they become translucent
  9. Add tomato paste and stir for another 1-2 minutes
  10. Add the blended onion and peppers and stir for 2-3 minutes
  11. Pour in coconut milk, vegetable stock, salt, paprika, cumin, and coconut nectar and stir together
  12. Add whole habanero peppers and lemon juice
  13. Lower heat to a simmer, cover, and let stand on low for 8 minutes
  14. Add basil leaves and remove from heat
  15. Add broth to yam slices in each individual bowl
  16. Garnish with red bell peppers slices and chopped spring onion

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