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Thursday, January 4, 2018

What Is Fufu Made Of

What Is Fufu Made Of

How to Eat Fufu

Discover what is fufu made of and how do you eat fufu. Fufu is a popular dish in the Caribbean and Western Eastern and Southern Africa. Fufu goes by many names throughout the African diaspora. All the ingredients for Fufu are found at your local grocery store. Fufu is made from either boiled green plantains, rice, corn meal, corn, yams or sweet or white potatoes.

How to Eat Plantain Fufu

  How to Eat Plantain Fufu 

Green Plantain Fufu Recipe


3 green or yellow plantains

1 medium cassava root

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/4-1/2 cup water


In a large pot place the peeled and evenly cut plantains and cassava and cover with water. Boil until soft about 20 minutes. Place the salt, flour, plantains, and cassava in a mixer and whip until the consistency of soft dough is achieved. Fufu should be much stiffer than mashed potatoes in texture. Fufu is used to scoop up sauce, soups, and stews.

Cooking dinner for an orphanage in Ghana
Cooking dinner for an orphanage in Ghana

Fufu goes by many names throughout the African diaspora.

Conventional West African fufu is made by boiling starchy foods as cassava, yam, plantain or rice then pounding them into a delicious mass. Fufu is a staple food to Western and Central Africa what mashed potatoes are to traditional European-American cooking. For many Africans stew and fufu is a classic meal similar to soup and crackers in the US.

Cocoyam fufu flour is specialty flour specifically formulated to produce instant fufu. Fufu can be prepared using different basic food materials. It can be made using cassava, African yams, potatoes, corn meal, plantains, rice, and millet. It reminds me of an unfilled dumpling, almost tasteless but tasty and accompanies any stew.

To eat fufu, tear off a walnut-sized portion of the fufu scoop up stew using your hands and bits of doughy fufu. In West Africa, diners often eat fufu and the stew's sauce first, saving the meat for the end of the meal since it's the most expensive part. It is traditional to eat using only your right hand, no utensils. If you were to eat with your left hand, it would be both insulting and rude to those around you because usually the left hand is reserved for "bodily functions" and the hand is never used for eating.

Fufu with cabbage and mixed vegetables
Fufu with cabbage and mixed vegetables

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