The traditional food that we refer to as swallow includes eba, pounded yam, amala, groundrice, wheat, eko, starch and so on.
Ẹbà is made from dried grated cassava. It can either come as yellow or an offshade of white. The yellow garri is often eaten by the Igbo tribe of Nigeria. Àmàlà is a Nigerian food made out of yam flour and/or cassava flour. Àmàlà is derived from Western Africa and is eaten mostly by the Yoruba people in Nigeria.
These foods are easily identifiable by their soft textures and their dough-like appearance. They are eaten by scooping them with the fingers and dipping them into thick soup, such as, okra soup, bitter leaf (ewurò) soup or pepper soup (ọbẹ ata or efo depending on dialect) with either okro, ọgbọnọ (Igbo)/apọn (Yorùbá), or ewédú, meat or fish, stewed vegetables or other sauces such as gbegiri, banga soup or egusi soup (melon)
These days, swallow is also eaten with cutlery.