Yam Chips are a traditional Burkinabe recipe which is both easy and delicious. Yes, I know they are deep fried, but yams are good for you right?
They are the best when eaten freshly salted and just out of the fryer, Yum!
Yams are a common in Burkina Faso cuisine. There food is influenced by the French who colonized them. In fact the official language of Burkina Faso is French. If you would like to learn more about this African country be sure to read “Our Journey to Burkina Faso“. You can also get some other great recipe from like Cuisses de Poulet a la Puree de Patates Douces a great chicken dish served with mashed sweet potatoes and french green beans.
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Chips d’Igname (Yam Chips)
A Burkina Faso deep fried treat that is simply yummy fresh out of the fryer!
- 1 large yam
- Oil for deep frying
- Salt to taste
- Peel and wash the yam, cut in half
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add in the yam. Blanch for a few minutes.
- Drain and allow to cool, then refrigerate for a couple of hours.
- Heat oil in a deep fryer or frying pan to 350 degrees
- While the oil is heating up, grate the yam.
- Drop in the yam shavings by the handful.
- Deep fry until golden and crispy
- Remove with a slotted spoon
- Drain on paper towel
- Season with salt and serve immediately.
Please note that the cooling time is listed in the cooking time.