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How To Cook Amadumbe?


Amadumbe is a traditional South African dish made from boiled and mashed taro root. It is often served with sauces or relishes such as tomato-onion, peanut butter or chakalaka. Amadumbe has become increasingly popular in recent years for its unique flavor and versatility. In this article we will discuss how to cook amadumbe so that you can enjoy it at home!


The main ingredient of amadumbe is, of course, taro root. You will also need some oil (for frying), salt and pepper to taste, garlic cloves (optional), onion (optional) and any other ingredients you may want to add for added flavor.


Begin by cleaning the taro root thoroughly under running water using a brush or vegetable scrubber if needed to remove any dirt. Cut off both ends of the tuber before peeling away the skin with a sharp knife or vegetable peeler. Once peeled, cut into cubes about 1 inch square in size and set aside until ready for cooking.

Frying Method

Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet or wok then add the cubed taro root along with desired seasonings such as garlic cloves, onion slices etc., stirring occasionally until lightly golden brown on all sides – about 5 minutes should suffice here depending on your preference. Remove from heat once cooked throughly and drain excess oil on paper towels before transferring onto serving plate(s). Serve hot alongside sauces/relishes mentioned above or whatever else takes your fancy!

Boiling Method

Bring salted water up to boiling point in a large pot then add cubed taro root pieces – boil uncovered until tender but not mushy which could take anywhere between 15-20 minutes depending on quantity used so keep an eye out here just incase it cooks too quickly! Drain off all liquid when done then mash together using either masher tool (if available) or fork whichever suits best – adjust seasoning levels accordingly according to taste before transferring onto serving plates ready for consumption!

As demonstrated above there are two methods by which one can prepare amadumbe; frying & boiling being most common among them however feel free anytime experiment adding different spices/condiments etc., whenever feeling creative 😉 All that’s left now is simply give it go yourself & see what results follow – Bon Appétit !

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