How to Prepare Tuwon Alabo (Cassava Swallow)

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May 8, 2022

Tuwon Alabo or cassava swallow as people like to call it is a local dish made from cassava flour (Alabo) which is produced by fermenting peeled cassava in water, sun-drying the fermented cassava, and milling it into powdered form. This flour comes from a root vegetable called cassava. It is also and is a great substitute for wheat flour and yam flour in a variety of recipes including tuwon masara. This article seeks to teach you how to prepare Tuwon Alabo.

In addition, Tuwon Alabo is widely consumed and enjoyed by most Nigerians irrespective of tribe. It is popularly known as Lafun or White Amala in the western part of Nigeria.

Learn how to prepare Tuwon Alabo In a few steps!

Ingredients for Tuwon Alabo

The ingredients need to make this delicacy are just cassava flour and water

Procedure for Preparing Tuwon Alabo

STEP1: Sieve the cassava flour (Alabo).

STEP 2: Place a pot of water on medium heat and leave to boil.

STEP 3: Once the water is boiled, remove from heat and stir in the sieved Alabo with a wooden stick to the already boiled water. Stir continuously until it gets thick and smooth.

STEP 4: Add little hot water to it and place it back on fire. Leave to cook on medium heat for at least 2 minutes or more to give a smooth-looking tuwo.

STEP 5: Stir again until it becomes smooth and lump-free.

STEP 6: Serve hot with any soup of choice.

How to Serve Tuwon Alabo

Tuwon Alabo should be accompanied with Spinach Soup, Okro Soup, Bitterleaf Soup, or any soup of choice. Plain tuwo is somewhat neutral in terms of taste and would taste bland. It would also go perfectly well with any beverage you choose to use.

Occasions Best to Serve Tuwon Alabo

Tuwon Alabo can be served on any occasion whatsoever as long as the dish is being enjoyed by its consumers. 

How to Store Tuwon Alabo

Tuwon Alabo can be stored in a refrigerator like any other dish and it can last for a very long time but to the detriment of its delicious taste.

Nutritional Benefits of Tuwon Alabo

Fermented foods offer certain health benefits including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-mutagenic activities. It reduces several health risks like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, GI disorders, and obesity.

Tuwon Alabo plays an immense role in the health and nutritional status of people as cassava flour is said to be an option for those with high cholesterol or high blood pressure because it contains low sodium sugar and fat.

More so, cassava flour (Alabo) contains resistant starches that have a variety of potential health benefits; this includes improved digestive, colon health, and improved insulin sensitivity, and may also help with weight loss efforts.

Cassava is widely known for its richness in carbohydrates which is the main source of energy to the body and contains important vitamins and minerals therefore Cassava Flour swallow or Tuwon Alabo is very beneficial to the body.

Conclusion

Now that we’ve seen how easy it is to prepare Tuwon Alabo and its contribution to the body, I trust that I have been able to help someone here with dinner preparations.

If that person is you, please leave a comment in the comments section on how this piece has been helpful to you and the final outcome of your Tuwo.

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