Commonly called Abula, Gbegiri, Ewedu and Amala is one Nigerian dish that cannot be underestimated in the gathering of foods and cuisines. It is a great sight to sore eyes in bukas and food joints where many love to go have their fill of this mouth-watering meal, and due to its much-gained popularity across the Nation, it’s become a common feature on menu lists in parties and even in trendy restaurants.
The trio, as we will be referring to the food in this context are made from a combination of several nutrients and minerals – dietary fibre for Amala, Vitamins A and C, Beta Carotene, Iron,Fibre and more found in Ewedu and the high Protein, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc from beans (Gbegiri’s root source). With all of these nutrients, the trio is not just pleasant to the eyes but is so beneficial to the body system, supplying these nutrients in adequate quantities. All of them put together help the human sight and vision, detoxified the body and manage body weight, reduce cancer and heart diseases risk, repair body tissues and make wounds heal fast, to mention but a few. How To Make Ingredients: Yam Flour (Elubo), 1 Cup Ewedu leaves, 2 cups of Beans, Locust beans, 8 Scotch bonnets (ata rodo), 2 Bell Peppers (optional), Onions, 8-10 Chilli Peppers, 1 Cooking spoon Palm oil, Ground Crayfish, Seasoning cubes, Salt to taste Gbegiri preparation: Peel beans using any technique you find convenient then wash thoroughly to remove skin residue. Next, pour peeled beans into a cooking pot with enough water to cook it soft. When beans are very soft, mash with a jute broom while still in pot or pour into a blender and puree into a smooth consistency. Pour pureed cooked beans into pot, add blended peppers/onion, palm oil, seasoning cubes, ground crayfish and leave to cook. Taste for salt and add some more water if too thick. Ewedu preparation: Pour thoroughly washed Ewedu leaves into blender and blend. Pour back into a small pot; add locust beans, ground crayfish and a pinch of salt to taste. Allow to cook on low heat. That’s it, now your delish Gbegiri and Ewedu is ready! Read also: Ewedu Wonder! 5 Unbelievable Benefits You Will Derive From Eating Ewedu Amala preparation: Bring water to boil in a pot. Still, on the stove, sprinkle in yam flour and turn with a wooden ladle till you’ve it smooth and solid. To ensure it’s well cooked, add a bit of water, then cover to steam on low heat for about 3-5 minutes. Stir properly and your soft amala is ready! Serve the Gbegiri, Ewedu and Amala with some stew, the Gbegiri best enjoyed spicy and hotly served.Photos Credit: Getty