Health benefits of Amala? Amala is a popular staple food in Nigeria, that originated from the Yoruba people who come from the Western part of Nigeria.
It is a delicious Nigerian swallow that can be served with a variety of soups, such as Ilá, Efo Riro, Ogbono, ẹfọ, Gbegiri Or Ewédú Soup.
Actually, there are three different types of Àmàlà, based on the different sources which they are made from. They include:
- Àmàlà Isu (Yam flour).
- Àmàlà ogede( plantain flour)
- Àmàlà láfún (cassava flour).
Amala food is a delicacy and if you have not tasted this food my dear you miss oh! Moreover, Amala food is gotten from yam, however, yams are peeled, slice, wash, dried, and grind into a powdered form which is yam flour locally called Elubo in native Yoruba language and is used to prepare Amala recipe.
Basically, Amala flour is being used to prepare Amala swallow which is another name for Amala.
Meanwhile, yam flour is milk white in colour when it is still in a powdered form, but, immediately it goes into the heat the colour changes to dark brown.
Similarly, Amala can also be made using cassava flour called Lafun in Yoruba language or unripe plantain Amala commonly refers to as Amala ogede which is the most nutritious of all Amala food.
Merely sighting Amala in a plate people describe it as black Amala swallow, but it’s certainly not black but dark brown morsel.
Àmàlà swallow can be eaten with your favorite soup Ewedu and stew, what a delicious combination that compliments each other; it can also be eaten with a variety of soups such as Amala and Egusi soup, Amala and Ogbono soup, Okra soup, and Efo soup.
Health Benefits Of Amala
The health benefits Amala food are discussed below:
- Amala food nutritional benefits help to build your body formation and keep the body intact and helps it to fight bacterial and viral diseases.
- It aids in weight loss. The fiber content in Amala helps to flush out toxins from the body making you feel light after eating this food.
- Vitamin A helps with good eyesight, brain formation, and also lowers inflammations.
- Amala controls the body’s blood formation, stops blood clotting, and stabilizes your blood pressure.
- It aids to lower bad cholesterol due to its high water content and fiber.
- Amala lifts your body immunity; lessens the risk of colon cancer, controls diabetes, nourishes your skin.
- It provides the body with essential minerals, it improves hair texture and aids indigestion too.
Nutritional Value And Health Benefit Of Amala Food
Amala powder/Elubo is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is rich in Vitamins, calcium, and iron. It helps in boosting your immunity naturally.
Amala contains carbohydrate which is an energy giving food required for optimal body function, hence, carbs when eaten is digested, thereafter broken down into glucose before going into the bloodstream.
Carbohydrate content in Amala is a good source of fuel for the brain since, our brain demands high energy, in the same vein, if you’re on a low carb diet plan or not having adequate food, the body automatically starts using other alternative sources to produce enough energy to fuel the brain.
Yam flour also contains little amount of fiber, in other words, fiber is a special kind of carb that aids good digestive health which may as well lower the risk of heart diseases.
Most importantly, Amala food can be classified as healthy and balanced diet when eaten with plenty of vegetables likes Ewedu (DISCUSSED BELOW) with either beef or fish which is the protein.
Health Benefit Of Ewedu (Jute) Leaf
Ewedu which is the Yoruba name for jute leaf is a green edible leafy vegetable that can be cooked into a fine slimy delicious soup very rich in vitamins and mineral, a good source of antioxidant too.
Jute leaves also contains folate very essential for pregnant women, potassium, iron, riboflavin, sodium, proteins, phosphorus, vitamin A, C and B6, calcium and niacin is a staple food mainly eaten in most African countries and Asia.
How To Cook Ewedu Leaf (Jute Leaf)
Pick your Ewedu leaf by removing it from the stem, then wash in running water, thereafter, place in the cooking pot and boil for few minutes.
Remove from heat allow cooking for a few minutes and blend make it rough blending after that pour it back to the pot.
Add your crayfish, salt, seasoning cube and cook for another 3 minutes before putting off the heat.
How To Make Amala Food
Ingredients; Yam Flour, Boiled Water.
First of all, boil the quantity of water you need in a pot.
Secondly, remove boiled water from heat and start adding the Elubo flour gradually as you continue to stir with a wooden stick popularly called turning garri stick (local spatula).
Though some people stir in their Elubo flour when water is still boiling, whichever way the swallow still turns out great.
Thirdly, increase the paste at which you turn the yam flour so that the consistency will stick together at once much delay might cause lumps in the Amala.
Finally, add little water and return back to fire, cook for 5 minutes before putting off the heat, then continue to turn until smooth.
At this point, your Amala swallow is ready.
Side Effects Of Amala
Although may not be considered as side effects, the sight of Amala is not appealing or inviting to some people.
Apart from that, there have been concerns with the preparation of Amala food in some cases.
Some claim Amala flour is not processed hygienically because of the method used in drying it.
It’s from the back of yam and can get mixed up accidentally with bird droppings, sand, etc. during sun drying.
In other to keep warm, dish into a cooler or wrap in nylon and keep in the oven.
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