Cassava Fufu: A must in African cuisine
Cassava Fufu (or Foufou) is a dish, or rather a traditional African side dish. It is widespread in West Africa, in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Congo and Cameroon. It’s a delicious ball of dough made from water and cassava flour, which goes very well with many dishes in sauces such as Gombo sauce (or chicken Mafé, Yassa…).
See also the recipe for Banana Fufu (or foutou banane)!
Origins and popularity of Cassava Fufu
This Fufu has its origins in the culinary heritage of Africa. In West and Central Africa, it occupies a central place in traditional gastronomy. The dish is particularly popular in Cameroon, Nigeria, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and other countries in the region. Its popularity has also spread beyond African borders, attracting more and more curious people and lovers of exotic cuisine.
What is Cassava?
Cassava, also known as tapioca or yuca, is a root crop widely cultivated in Africa. Cassava flour, obtained from the dried and ground cassava tuber, is the key ingredient in the preparation of Cassava Fufu. In this article, you will learn how to make fufu from Cassava!
Fufu with Cassava Flour Recipe
You’re wondering how to make Fufu with Cassava flour ? To prepare Cassava Fufu, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients: cassava flour, water and, if necessary, salt for seasoning. The first step is to prepare the cassava flour by selecting a quality variety and sifting it to eliminate lumps. Then gradually add hot water to the flour, kneading vigorously to obtain a smooth, elastic dough.
Tips for a successful Cassava Fufu
- Choose quality cassava flour: The quality of the cassava flour you use will have an impact on the texture and taste of the Foufou. Opt for fine, fresh flour for best results.*
- Knead vigorously: Kneading cassava dough is an essential step in obtaining a smooth, elastic texture. Don’t hesitate to use force and knead for a few minutes until the dough is smooth.
- Check the consistency of the dough: gradually add hot water while kneading until you obtain a firm but malleable dough. If the dough is too sticky, add a little extra cassava flour.
- Shape with care: When shaping the Cassava Fufu, take the time to form beautiful balls, or use a Fufu mold for traditional presentation. This will add an aesthetic touch to your dish.
Cassava Fufu accompaniments
Cassava Fufu can be accompanied by a variety of dishes and sauces, depending on regional and individual preferences. In Cameroon, for example, it is often served with spicy meat, fish or vegetable sauces. In other regions, it may be served with bean, vegetable or meat dishes in sauce. You should definitely try to serve ur fufu with Palm nut soup (banga)!
It’s up to you to make your own homemade Cassava Fufu!
Cassava Fufu is an African culinary specialty well worth discovering and enjoying. With its soft texture and delicate taste, it has become a staple of African cuisine. By following our recipe and tips, you can prepare a tasty and authentic Fufu in the comfort of your own kitchen. So don’t hesitate to discover the delights of Cassava Fufu. Bon appétit!
Boil the water and sift your cassava flour
Bring 1 L of water to a boil in a saucepan. In the meantime, sift your cassava flour in a shallow dish. This will allow the flour to mix better with the water. The texture of your Fufu will be better!
Mix cassava flour and boiling water
Once the water is boiling, reserve one third of your boiling water (about 300ml) in a container.
Turn off the heat and place your pan of Fufu on the floor or a work surface. Stir with a mortar or wooden spatula, scraping the edges well, until you get a sticky, almost transparent paste. African women hold the pot between their feet to mix more easily. You can try this, but be sure to put a cloth between your feet and the pot to avoid burning yourself.
Make your own Cassava Fufu
Take a soup plate filled with cold water and a small bowl. Soak your bowl in cold water and then scoop the desired amount of Fufu directly into the pan with the wet bowl. Roll your cassava fufu in the bowl to form a nice ball.
Your Cassava Fufu is ready!
Serve the cassava fufu with a sauce dish such as okra for example. Take a piece of fufu by hand and dip it in the sauce. The magic is bound to happen! Enjoy your meal!