Amala is one of the most popular staple foods in the South Western part of Nigeria. In a region were there are various varieties of food, Amala is special in its own right. Amala is a thick brown colored meal made out of yam flour (a byproduct of yam, a popular staple crop in Nigeria). Amala is majorly eaten by the people of Ibadan and it has become their favorite and most frequent meal. Ibadan people love Amala and these are the reasons why they have such affection towards it;
It’s easy to prepare
You only need hot boiling water and yam flour to make Amala, it’s really not a tall order, not complicated, and very simple to prepare. Hot boiling water coupled with yam flour, with the aid of a wooden pestle for stirring and to avoid sizable lumps. It’s simply basic.
It’s readily accessible and available
If there is one city that has lots of Amala “joints” in every nook and cranny of it, that city is definitely Ibadan. The “joints” are always going to be a stone throw from your house, office or school, that’s how accessible Amala is in Ibadan. As regards its availability, Amala is always within reach.
Morsels of Amala could go for as little as N5o, and in some cases, as low as N20. It’s that cheap and it’s one of the meals that you can get adequate value for your money.
It’s compatible with different Soups
Whether it’s Amala and “Abula”; a combination of “Gbegiri” (made from beans) and “Ewedu” (corchorus) or it’s Amala and Egusi (made from grinded melon seeds) or any other spectacular variety of soup, Amala sure goes down well with any form or any type.
It’s doesn’t discriminate
Amala is one meal that isn’t ostentatious, every class of the society eats it and can also afford it. Irrespective of your income or status, amala is one staple food eaten by both the mighty and the lowly in the society; bankers, teachers, artisans, students, politicians and so on.
Amala preserves the Cultural heritage of the Ibadan people
When it comes to a meal that helps in preserving the cultural heritage of the Ibadan people, Amala is that meal. Cultural heritage in the sense that Amala is that iconic food that has been eaten for ages and holds a unique place in Ibadan’s rich and evergreen history.
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