Vegan African Potato Porridge

55 mins


Serves 2

This vegan potato porridge will rock your world!

You’ll be surprised how many African dishes are actually Vegan! 



1. Peel and chop the potatoes into medium sized chunks. Put the potatoes in a pot, add cold water to cover them and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover the pot, bring to the boil and then simmer on medium heat until the potatoes are soft. 

2. Roughly chop the red bell peppers, tomatoes and 1 onion into medium chunks. Put them in a blender with 1/4 (quarter) cup water and blend until smooth.

3. Dice 1 onion. Pour vegetable oil into a deep pot on medium heat, add the diced onion to the oil and cook for 30 seconds. Add the blended mixture, stock cube, all purpose seasoning, dried thyme and salt to taste

4. Cover the pot and fry on medium heat for 10 – 15 minutes. 

5. Once the potatoes are cooked through, drain them and add them to the red sauce. Combine the mixture thoroughly until the potatoes are well incorporated. Don’t worry if the potatoes break apart and mash, you’re creating a sort of porridge/mash with chunky bits of potatoes in it! 

TIP: To check whether your potatoes are ready, poke them with a fork and if they break apart easily then they’re ready

6. Once potatoes are fully combined, allow to cook on low heat for a further 2 minutes and then serve!

About This Recipe

African cooking is so fascinating! There are endless ways to cook everything in Africa and that’s what I love about it! One of my favourite Nigerian dishes is yam pottage, one of our family friends saw my blog and suggested I add a vegan dish, I racked my brain trying to think what I know how to make that is also vegan/vegetarian. That night I felt like having yam pottage but I didn’t have yam so I thought I’ll just replace it with potatoes and then BAM! That’s when it hit me, I can make this dish a vegan potato porridge! 

I replaced the usual non-vegan elements of the recipe with vegan alternatives like the vegetable stock instead of the maggi cube which is usually a staple in our meals. There is also a debate going on about whether palm oil is vegan or not, needless to say this turned out absolutely beautiful! I actually prefer it this way because it’s lighter and healthier than the usual way.

Thanks for stopping by, if you have any African dishes that are vegan, please feel free to comment below!

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