Amala Nigerian Food (Yam Flour) – Amala Food Recipe

Amala is a Nigerian food processed from yam or cassava. It’s a Yoruba traditional delicacy in Nigerian. Amala is a unique food on its own and cannot be compared to any other meal. “No food like it”.

Amala and ewedu with stew are commonly eaten by the Yoruba’s but in recent times it has become a household meal in every Nigerian home. It cut across the different dialects in Nigeria and has gained ground in every part of the country; including some parts of Africa. It’s no longer only Nigerian food but, also refer to as Amala African food.

However, one good thing about this meal is that it can be eaten at any time of the day; it digests fast and easily because the meal is light in nature. 

The first sight of this meal will put you off; apparently, it is the eye that eats first before the mouth. When you finally decide to eat this delicious meal you will want to eat it every other day. For some individuals, they love to eat this meal every day with well-prepared soap.

What is Amala Food?

Amala Nigerian food is mostly made with yam, some people use cassava as well to get the same feel of amala.  It is done by peeling the yam and then you dry it, after which is blended and it comes out in a powder form called Amala flour or Elubo in our local dialect. It has a black or dark brown color due to the drying process and as a result of its cooking method. The closet Amala near me is the likes of Olaiya foods and Catering.

Moreover, Amala recipe is a must serve in every Yoruba party, and is usually delicious.

In other to make Amala flour, you will need tubes of yams. Finely peel the yams, slice, and dry before grounding into a powder called Elubo.

Similarly, there is also Amala Lafun made from dry cassava that is usually white; it has a different method of preparation.

What Are the Health Benefits Amala Food

Amala food is rich in dietary fiber, Vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron, carbohydrate, potassium, zinc, and magnesium. All these 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. The pepper used in preparing the soup has a chemical compound known as capsaicin that helps prevents unwanted fats to develop in the body.

Vitamin A inside it helps with good eyesight, brain formation, and also lowers inflammations.

Amala regulates the body blood formation, prevents blood clotting, and balances your blood pressure.

Amala helps to lower bad cholesterol due to its high water content and fiber.

It boosts your body immunity; reduce the risk of colon cancer, controls diabetes, nourishes your skin and provides the body with essential minerals, it enhances hair texture, it also aids in digestion.

Nutritional Values of Amala

Basically, amala has the following vital nutrents-Carbohydrate, Calcium, Copper, Dietary fiber, Magnesium, Potassium and Vitamins

Components                Amount

  • Protein                                    5g
  • Fat                                           2g
  • Saturated Fat                         0g
  • Sodium                                   9mg
  • Sugar                                       5g
  • Calories                                   118g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat              1g
  • Dietary Fiber                           1g
  • Cholesterol                              0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat           0g
  • Potassium                               816mg
  • Carbohydrate                          28g

How to make Amala Nigerian food Recipe


  • 2 cups yam flour (elubo)
  • cooking pot
  • water


  1. How to make elubo your delicious swallow is a bit difficult to make. It is quite different from every other morsel that you can make while the water is boiling. But this delicious meal needs a lot of practice and techniques to get it without lumps.
  2. Get your yam flour ready and boil your water
  3. Add the yam flour gradually and stir using a wooden spatula until you get the thickness or firmness you want, stir vigorously to avoid lumps formation and burning
  4. Once you have gotten a smooth, soft and even texture, add a little amount of water to boil for a minute then stir well and serve or you can wrap it in nylon till you are ready to eat.

Finally, you can eat your delicious swallow with well-prepared ewedu soup, efo-riro soup, okra soup, black soup, gbegiri soup.

Serve and enjoy!

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