How to Prepare Sweet Potato Porridge (Faten Dankali)

Written by Angela Bala

Bala Angela Zigwai is a prolific writer who through her vast knowledge in literature strengthened her passion for writing poetry, fictional novels and other literary pieces. Accompanied with her passion to write, she is an art enthusiast with great artistic skills. She loves adventure and read books in her spare time. Bala Angela aspires to be a world class entrepreneur.

February 6, 2022

Sweet potatoes are root vegetables that are highly nutritious and a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is a great substitute for African yams in many local recipes. These recipes including porridge which happens to be our main focus for today. Sweet potato porridge recipe or pottage as some people like to refer it as or Faten Dankali in Hausa language is a typical Nigerian dish which features mostly vegetables like sweet potatoes and some of our local condiments which makes it more of a medicine than just a means to quench hunger. This potato porridge recipe is pretty standard, easy, and very healthy.

Furthermore, it is a homemade recipe that can be done easily with few ingredients. These ingredients which can be found anywhere regardless of location and ready to be consumed in no time. All potatoes are actually welcome to this recipe.

If you wish to be a partaker of all this goodness, then keep scrolling!


Healthy potato porridge is made of all the ingredients below:

Sweet Potatoes
Palm Oil
Onions (chopped or diced)
Fresh Pepper (atargu)
Chili (shombo)
Bell Pepper (tattasai)
Crayfish (ground)
Seasoning Cubes
Fresh Ugu Leaves or Spinach (Alayyahu)
Scent Leaves (efirin) or Basil Leaves 
Water or Stock (meat or fish)

NOTE: All ingredients listed above are the necessary ingredients in this recipe. You can as well add, substitute, or subtract any ingredient to suit your taste perfectly as there is no rule that says you cannot add to the already listed ingredients.

Let’s get creative guys!

Procedures for Preparing Sweet Potato Porridge

STEP 1: Peel and chop the potatoes into desired sizes. Put in a bowl of water immediately to avoid discoloration.

STEP 2: Wash vegetables with vinegar or salt, cut carefully, and put them into a clean bowl.

STEP 3: Blend all the different pepper and set them aside. Then;

STEP 4: Place a pot on fire and add enough oil that can go round for the number of potatoes chopped. Add onions to the oil once it gets hot and does not let the oil bleach.

STEP 5: Immediately the oil starts to sizzle, add blended pepper and fry for some time before adding seasoning cubes, salt, crayfish, and any other ingredient of choice. Stir well.

STEP 6: Add reasonable amount of water or meat stock to the mixture and boil for some minutes.

STEP 7: Stir in the potatoes and make sure the water is up to the potato level, if not, add in more water, cover the pot and allow to boil. Stir occasionally to help porridge thicken and add more water if it’s still too dry.

STEP 8: Once the porridge has taken a thick form, add vegetables and leaves, leave to simmer on medium heat for a minute in order to retain the nutrients in vegetables. 

STEP 9: Remove from heat and your sweet potato porridge is ready!

How to Serve Sweet Potato Porridge

Sweet potato porridge recipe can eminently be consumed with beverages and complements of any kind as you see fit or it could just be taken plain without anything; either way, it will still taste great. Needless to say, sweet potato porridge is best served hot.

Occasions Best to Serve Sweet Potato Porridge

Although Sweet Potato Porridge is said to be a really healthy way to start the day, as they are full of fiber, healthy carbs, and vitamin A, we cannot call sweet potato porridge an only-breakfast meal; it can be served at any time of the day or on any occasion whatsoever as we need nutrients every hour of the day.

How Sweet Potato Porridge Is Stored

In order to retain the quality of sweet potato porridge, it is advised to store it in a refrigerator where it stays fresh and does not go bad.

Nutritional Benefits of Sweet Potato Porridge

Studies show that just one sweet potato provides 400% of vitamin A needed each day which helps keep the eyes healthy, prevents Macular degeneration, helps boost the immune system as they are rich in antioxidants and enhance brain functioning, it is shown to be a better source of beta-carotene than most vegetables. With the number of nutrients sweet potatoes give when consumed, they may help with diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and many more. Let’s not forget the other vegetables and ingredients in the porridge that is also highly rich in vitamins and protein.

In essence, sweet potato porridge is very nutritious, medicinal, and healthy as we effectively get a good amount of all our daily vitamins in just one meal.


This homemade sweet potato porridge recipe is tasty, nutritious, very healthy, and a great substitute for yam porridge to lessen the intake of carbs into the body system. Now that you have reached this point with me, my faithful comrades, here’s a huge tip to be a full partaker of all this goodness! Try it at home and share it with your family and friends. Don’t be stingy, guys! And like I said earlier, be creative to the best of your ability.

If this recipe was in any way helpful to you, please leave a comment in the comments box and let me know the final outcome of your first tryout on this recipe.

You could also check: 8 Amazing Dishes You Can Make with Yam.

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