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.
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
Soakbeansovernightwithenough water to cover an inch or 2 over the beans.
Drain beans and add 2 cups of water and beans to a large saucepan.
Bring to a boilthenturn down to lowheat. Simmer on low for 25 minutes, stirringoccasionally.
After the 25 minutes, the water shouldbeabsorbed. Add butter and cream.
Stirwell and keep on low. Cook 10 more minutes, stirringoften.
In the last 2 minutes, stir in nutmeg and sugarthen serve.