You will agree that this classic Nigerian meal is a highly savory dish, always in demand. Amala is made from fermented yam. It is dried through a special process and then grounded into flour. This dish is high in vitamin C and has a very strong antioxidant content. The dish has a lot of health benefits which include anti-diabetic, lowers the chances of cancer, and anti-inflammatory effects.
The combination of Ewedu, Gbegiri and stew forms a mouth-watering vegetable soup that is not only delicious, but comes with its own health advantages.
- Yam Flour
- Ewedu vegetable
- Red pepper
- Red Chili Peppers
- Fresh Tomatoes
- bottle of palm oil
- Locust beans
- Potassium salt
- Beef or Fish
- Other seasoning
Soak the beans for 30 minutes, remove the brown back by rubbing between your hands or use any technique you find convenient then wash thoroughly.
Pour the beans into a cooking pan, add enough water and a tiny bit of Potassium salt then leave to cook until the bean is very soft or watery then add 1 ½ cooking spoon of palm oil.
Add a bit of chili pepper, a pinch of salt, seasoning cube, and then marsh the beans together into a paste until it becomes creamy. This is your Gbegiri. If too thick add some water.
Chop / slice, then blend the Ewedu, add it to a small pot of boiling water with a bit of Potassium salt to soften, include the locust beans, crayfish and a pinch of salt to taste. Cook the Ewedu until it feels slippery or draws.
Blend your red peppers, tomatoes and the small chili peppers with onions to make a stew.
To Make the Stew
- Add 1 or 2 cooking spoons of palm oil and slice few onions into a thick hot pan, allow to fry for 2-3 minutes, then add the pepper plus some seasoning (curry, thyme, salt, seasoning, meat, snail).
- Leave all to cook for 10-12 minutes, taste it, if too hot or tasting raw pepper, leave to cook for further 10 minutes.
Add all the assorted meats, fish and snail. Boil water and prepare the yam flour. Sprinkle the yam flour into a boiling water and stir, till solid or texture is smooth. Add a little bit of water, cover to steam together for 5 minutes and stir round with wooden spoon until it becomes soft then make dough. Your Amala should be ready.
Tip: Serve the stew with the Gbegiri and Ewedu. Remember to garnish with your selection of meat, snails etc.
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