Local is lekker – Amazing amasi!

You don’t have to go to an overpriced and exotic health-food emporium to find a dairy product that’s easy on your digestive system! No, it’s been here all along: that humble container of amasi in your supermarket.

While the world goes gaga for trendy fermented foods like kefir, most countries in Africa have been quietly consuming some form of amasi for centuries.

What is amasi?

Amasi is a fermented milk beverage that has the texture and consistency of liquid yogurt. While it carries the calcium and other nutritional properties of milk, it’s lower in lactose, which is good for anyone with lactose intolerance.

How is amasi made?

The process used to make amasi is similar to the way yoghurt is made: milk is placed into a container, some amasi from a previous batch is added, and then they are left to ferment.

Amasi is loaded with probiotics such as lactobacillus – which is why it seems to help with warding off diarrohea.

Using amasi

You’re probably using amasi already, but for anyone who is trying it out for the first time, amasi can be used as a substitute for buttermilk, and it fabulous for baking, sauces, dips, smoothies or pasta. Enjoy!

Sources: douglasdale.co.za, traditional-foods.com, beyondorganicinsider.com

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