Ampesi is a popular traditional Ghanaian food which is prepared with boiled yam or plantain, served with kontomire stew or any other preferred stew. Ampesi with kontomire stew is very healthy considering the rich ingredients used in its preparation.

Vegans can also enjoy this Ghanaian recipe without any worry. Ampesi means boiled yam, plantain, cocoyam or cassava and it can be served with any stew of your choice.

Kontomire stew, on the other hand, is made with cocoyam leaves and can also be served with plain boiled rice. In this post, we’ll learn how to prepare Ampesi with Kontomire stew.


1 egg

Meat or Fish, preferaby, Koobi (salted dried tilapia)…ignore if you’re a vegan.

Fresh kontomire (cocoyam) leaves

1 tomato puree

Ground agushi

1 onion

Palm oil or cooking oil

Fresh tomatoes


Salt to taste


Yam or plantain


1. Peel the yam, cut it into rounds about half an inch thick, and cut each round in half. If using green plantains, peel them and cut them in half.

2. Cook for about 20-30 mins.

3. Wash and slice vegetables and grind pepper

4. Cut meat into small pieces and break the fish to remove bones (Skip this step if you’re a vegan). Just like you’re preparing gravy, heat the palm oil and put in sliced onions. Stir for 2 minutes and add fresh ground tomatoes/tomato puree and pepper, cook for 5 mins and add meat or fish.

5. Mix agushi into a pouring thick mixture, add to gravy in step 2, leave to set or cuddle and stir. Cover and leave to simmer over low heat and until agushi is cooked

6. Meanwhile, properly wash and shred the kontomire (cocoyam leaves).

7. Add just a little water to the stew and add the shredded kontomire. Stir well to mix.

8. Cover tightly and simmer over gentle heat until stew is ready.

9. Add the boiled koobi, boiled eggs and garnish it with pear and nicely chopped onions.

Ampesi with kontomire stewServe with boiled yam, boiled plantain (Ampesi) or even boiled plain rice.


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