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How to Naturally Make Ghanaian Fufu in 3 Simple Methods


Fufu is a popular dish in Western Africa made up of plantains, yams, or cassava. And some countries that love it are Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and others. You don’t have to be from West Africa to enjoy Ghanaian fufu. Our tutorial will help you cook this famous African cuisine.

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Maybe you love your fufu soft, medium, or hot. Don’t worry, Sweet Adjeley, in her YouTube video, will show you how to cook Ghanaian fufu the natural way at home in three ways. 

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Method 1: Use a Microwave

  1. Peel the cassavas and remove the middle part (the core).
  2. Cut into little pieces and put in a blender.
  3. In another bowl, peel plantains, remove the middle part, and dice.
  4. Add the plantains into the blender where you had put the diced cassava.
  5. Blend the two into a smooth paste.
  6. You can remove the mixture from the blender, add a little water,  put the mixture back, and blend again. Or put some water in a different blender and transfer the mixture.
  7. Blend to a smooth finish. 
  8. Separate the mixture into two- one to cook over the stove, the other through the microwave. Add some little water to get the texture you need, and use a microwave-safe bowl.
  9. Remove the one in the microwave after 8 minutes, mash/ mix it, add some little water on top, and return to microwave for 2 to 4 minutes.
  10. Once again, remove the Ghanaian fufu from the microwave, mash it, then transfer it to the earth pot to make sure it’s smooth.

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Method 2: Cook Blended Mixture Over Fire

  1. Now that the microwave Ghanaian fufu is ready turn on your stove to cook the other portion.
  2. You need to stay throughout the cooking process as opposed to when you’re cooking with a microwave. So, stir continuously to prevent the mixture from becoming lumpy. 
  3. As you stir, the lumps will disappear, and you’ll have a smooth paste. Sprinkle some water to finish the cooking process (for 5 minutes).
  4. Add some water and let it flow to the sides. This will help completely cook your fufu.
  5. Cover and let it simmer for about 3 minutes, then flip it over to ensure the upper side cooks as well for 3 extra minutes.
  6. Mash it for the final time, and if there are lumps, mash as you beat it to the sides of your cooking pan. And if they still persist, you can remove them.
  7. To finish, transfer the fufu to an earthing bowl and shape it.

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Method 3: Boil Diced Plantains and Cassava

  1. Peel the cassava (remove the core) and plantains and cut into little pieces.
  2. Add water, cover, and let it cook till soft.
  3. Once ready, remove the water and transfer the cooked plantains and cassava into a clean blender.
  4. Let it blend till smooth.
  5. Place the fufu in an earth bowl to cool for about 8 minutes.
  6. Shape it into a smooth circle and serve with your favorite soup or sauce.

The three methods provide you with alternate ways to cook the Ghanaian fufu.

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Video credit: Sweet Adjeley

Adeley is a YouTuber who showcases how to cook various mouthwatering African cuisines.

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