A Guide to What Fufu Is and How To Make Delicious Dishes From It
Within the vegan community, we are always on the lookout for new and exciting plant-based and natural foods that we can make tasty and delicious recipes with. Fufu is no exception, a staple food of the region of Africa, it has begun to make its way into the western communities who are now transcending the basic ingredient into something far beyond what it has ever been acknowledged for in the past. In this article, I am not only going to be explaining to you exactly what fufu is but also sharing the best fufu recipe that you can simply and easily recreate at home by following a step-by-step guide.
What Is Fufu?
Before we can get into the recipes can how to make fufu from scratch let’s get to know what exactly fufu is and where it comes from. So what is fufu made of? Fufu is a dough-like substance that is most commonly made from a root vegetable known as cassava, yams, or plantain. It is a staple food that is eaten with most meals in many parts of western and central Africa.
This is due to the fact that it grows there in abundance and that it is relatively cheap and easy to make as well as packed full of nutritional benefits and energy that can keep you full for long periods of time. Fufu is often boiled, pounded, and mashed, and then formed into balls that are eaten alongside main dishes such as curries and stews for a solid and hearty, satiating meal. While this is a daily occurrence for people living in the African region it is a fairly new concept to most of us that have recently taken social media by storm completely increasing its popularity throughout the globe.
How To Cook Fufu
Now that you know a little more about what fufu actually is we can begin the process of how to make fufu from cassava, yams, or plantains by following this easy fufu recipe.
The first step in creating the ultimate fufu recipe is to gather all the necessary ingredients which in this case is only a select few, which you could either find at a local grocery or an international food store depending on where you live.
- 300g unripened plantain
- 450g cassava
- 400ml water for blending
- 50ml water for steaming
- The first step is to peel and cut the plantain into small-sized cubes. Then peel the cassava until there is no remanence of the brown skin and again cut it into small-sized cubes just like the plantain.
- Next, place both your cassava and your plantain into a blender and blend with 400 ml of water until a smooth but relatively thick consistency is formed. Do not add too much water as otherwise, the dough will not hold together.
- The next step is to grab yourself a saucepan and set it on the burner at medium heat. Transfer your smooth blended paste into your saucepan and stir consistently for approximately 10 minutes or until there is no lumps and bumps insight.
- Once you are happy with the consistency of your fufu paste, add the remaining 50ml of water to your mixture and turn the heat to the lowest temperature, cover with a lid, and allow your mixture to steam for another 10 minutes so that it cooks through well.
- After leaving it for 10 minutes raise the heat and begin to stir thoroughly once gain ensuring your mixture is soft and silky smooth.
- Remove from the heat and transfer your mixture into a bowl, with a dash of water to prevent it from sticking, and leave your dough to rest until it has completed cooled down. You will nice that your dough will become a lot harder and firmer but not to worry as this is what we are aiming to achieve when making fufu.
- The last and final step of making your fufu African recipe is to shape your mixture into balls, the size is completely up to you, and then serve with a soup, curry, or stew of your choice and enjoy!
As you can see making this delicious fufu recipe is extremely easy and not very time-consuming at all, it is a great alternative to bread rolls and is naturally gluten-free and vegan of course. It also uses the whole vegetable instead of adding things such as flour and baking powder in order to form a dough that is 100 percent better for our health and digestive system.
So the next time your cooking up a family soup or stew why not try cassava, plantain, or yam fufu recipe to eat with your main meal instead and see what you think for yourself. The process is all fun and exciting and almost always loved by anyone who tries it.
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