How To Prepare Amala And Ewedu For Infants


Amala and Ewedu soup is a very popular meal staple known by the Yoruba tribe of the Western region of Nigeria. Ewedu, which is also known as jute leaves, a thickening agent used in soups, stews, and sauces. The versatility found in ewedu is quite intriguing and makes it one of the best leaves, especially for herbal preparations. 

This article will outline the benefits of feeding your infant amala and ewedu and provide you with insight into its preparation.


Health benefits of amala and ewedu for infants 

Ewedu and Amala are Nigerian foods that are traditional and offer infants a variety of health benefits. This meal is a balanced meal both for children and adults with several nutritional advantages needed to assist growth and development.


  •  Ewedu is a leafy green soup rich in important nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and E which help to protect the body from specific diseases. Additionally, it also helps enhance the complexion by increasing collagen.


  •  Ewédú leaves are rich in minerals that strengthen bones and teeth which are essential for growing children. 


  • Ewedu is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids that support brain health and enhance the function of nerve impulses besides playing a role in managing tingles, thus they can be used to enhance the performance of mind power among kids.


Amala is easy to digest and can be served with a 'draw' soup, allowing infants as young as 6 months to commence feeding. Amala provides fibre and can help in the introduction of solids to children. It is also a great way to introduce little children to their cultural food and heritage.



How to prepare soft amala and ewedu for infants

Preparing soft amala for children  

  1. Collect your necessary ingredients: You'll need about 1 cup of yam flour, 2 cups of water, and a pinch of salt. 
  2. Boil your water: Heat the water in a pot preferably over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  3. Slowly mix and add the yam flour: Slowly add the yam flour to the boiling water, stirring it continuously to avoid lumps.
  4. Prepare the amala dough: Once the mixture has thickened, use a wooden spoon to knead it until smooth. 
  5. Cook the amala: Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it reaches a soft, porridge-like texture.
  6. Add water as needed: If the amala becomes too thick, add a small amount of water and stir until the desired texture is achieved. 
  7. Serve warm: Serve the soft amala warm, either alone or with a complementary dish such as ewedu. 


Preparing ewedu for children 

  1. Prepare the ingredients: You'll need about 1 cup of ewedu leaves, water, and a pinch of salt. 
  2. Clean the ewedu leaves: Thoroughly wash your Ewedu leaves to remove any dirt. 
  3. Blend the leaves: Process the ewedu leaves in a food processor or blender with a tiny bit of water until a smooth consistency is reached.
  4. Cook the ewedu: Put the blended ewedu in a pot and cook it over medium heat, until it thickens about 5 to 10 minutes. Toss in a small pinch of salt with the ewedu and stir. 
  5. Serve warm: You can serve the warm ewedu as an accommodative dish or alongside the soft amala. Either serve the ewedu with stew and gbegiri or add stew to it.


Amala and ewedu are a great choice of solid food to start your baby on when incorporating solids into their diet. It is important to note that you should not overcook your ewedu leaves to prevent them from losing their nutritional value.

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