Amala (Yam Flour)

How to prepare Amala

Amala is made from yam flour (Elubo) and is a Nigerian Cuisine mostly eaten by the Yorubas especially the people of Oyo state. Yam flour is yam that has been peeled, dried and blended into flour and it’s typically brownish in colour. If not well done, amala is served anyway with lumps or seeds. But with practice, it gets better and you can finally get that smooth and light amala.

There are 2 types of amala

  • Amala Dudu (Black and Original made from yam flour)
  • Amala Lafun (White and sweeter made from cassava flour)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (1000ml) Water
  • 2 cups Yam flour- Sifted (All measurements on this blog make use of standard measuring cup unless otherwise stated)
  • 1 cup (250ml) hot water (reserved)

Important Tips:
Use a pot that you can hold firmly to the handle and never use a non stick pot for amala.
– Endeavour to always buy good yam flour from trusted source.
– Popular mistake most people make is stirring and adding yam flour little at a time. That method will make the amala lumpy. Put in all the yam flour first before stirring.
– Don’t keep Amala on heat for too long or it will become stretchy. The whole process from when you pour in yam flour till end should be roughly about 4-5 minutes.

Directions

  1. Boil water in electric kettle and measure 4 cups into a pot.
  2. Cover the water and let it boil till it starts making bubbles like in the picture below.
  3. Lower the heat to a bare minimum and add the yam flour into the water all at once then stir/turn with wooden spoon or spatula (omorogun) till it comes together but it won’t be smooth at this stage. This process takes about a minute.
  4. Add the reserved 1 cup of water to the Amala using the wooden spoon to create well in the middle and sides (Check picture below) and leave the water to steam the amala for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Now stir the amala for 1-2 minutes till smooth. After this time some put it down and turn. If you are making large quantity you might find this helpful but with this quantity it’s not necessary really but if you find it easier bring it down and turn .
  6. Enjoy with Ewedu, Gbegiri, Afang, Fresh fish stew, Ogbono, Okra or any other soup of your choice!
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