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Ileya: How To Prepare Amala

by Marshall Bassey
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Are you looking forward to enjoying a lump free, fluffy, smooth Amala this festive season and you don’t know how to go about it?

Then relax, we got you covered.

We guarantee you that your cravings will be satisfied in a matter of minutes.

Trust us, after reading this article to the end, preparing Amala will never be an issue for you again.

We believe that you are already familiar with this very popular delicacy, well, if you are not, here’s a brief introduction.

Amala is made from yam flour (Elubo) and is a Nigerian Cuisine mostly eaten by the Yorubas.

Yam flour is yam that has been peeled, dried and blended into flour and it’s typically brownish in colour.

Many people say Amala is easy to make but this is debatable as some will say it’s not.

If you struggle with making lump free, fluffy, smooth Amala, relax because with this recipe you’ll get it under control.

How To Make Amala

This recipe is for black Amala the white one (Lafun) is made in a different way.

Below is a step-by-step guide of preparing Amala:

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS (Serves 2-3)

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)


1) Boil water in a kettle and measure 4 cups into a pot.

2) Cover the water and let it boil till it starts making bubbles.

Note: 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.

3) Lower the heat to a bare minimum and add the yam flour into the water all at once.

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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.

Note: Don’t stir while adding yam flour little at a time.

That method will make the flour lumpy.

Put in all the yam flour first before stirring.

4) Add the reserved 1 cup of water to the Amala.

Use the wooden spoon to create a well in the middle and sides.

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.

Note: 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.



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