Amala is a traditional Nigerian cuisine that is popular in the southwestern part of Nigeria, particularly among the Yoruba tribe. It is a type of swallow made from yam flour and is usually served with a soup stew, such as Ewedu, gbegiri, Okro soup, Egusi Soup, efo riro, and Ogbono Soup, obe ata.
In Nigeria, Amala is not just food; it is a cultural identity. It is a symbol of the Yoruba tribe and is often served at important events such as weddings and funerals. It is an all-time favorite and a constant on the menu of most local restaurants, and it is also a common meal for families to enjoy together.
Swallow foods are pliable yet firm doughy meals, similar to America’s mashed potatoes but with more texture. Nigerian examples include pounded yam, eba, amala, starch, fufu, and many more. The pliable texture makes it easy to eat with your hand (right hand only, please) and to swallow without chewing.
Ewedu soup is a soup created by the Yoruba ethnic group. It is made from jute leaf, hence it is known as jute leaf soup. Similar to Okra soup, the soup is mucilaginous in texture and is a typical accompaniment to Yoruba beef stew and fish stew.