Ambulo by Digal Haio

« It’s the first time I’m cooking it! »

Before moving to Canada, Digal spent the first few years of her life in Somalia. She therefore recommends that we try Ambulo, a traditional Somali dish made of adzuki beans, corn, sugar, spices and cream.

Somalis celebrate major life events with sweetness since Ambulo is usually made to celebrate the end of dugsi (Quoranic school), during fertility rites, or to mourn the death of a loved one.





45 minutes




2 cup of adzuki beans
4 cups of water
1 cup of cream
2 tablespoon of salted butter or sesame seed oil
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
2 teaspoon of sugar

Cooking directions

  1.  Soak beans overnight with enough water to cover an inch or 2 over the beans.
  2. Drain beans and add 2 cups of water and beans to a large saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil then turn down to low heatSimmer on low for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. After the 25 minutes, the water should be absorbedAdd butter and cream.
  5. Stir well and keep on low. Cook 10 more minutes, stirring often.
  6. In the last 2 minutes, stir in nutmeg and sugar then serve.