The strength and stamina required to make fufu from scratch could put it in to an Olympic sporting category! My uncle told me that a university in Accra tried to build a fufu-making machine but to operate it to replicate the pounding action was more hard work than just doing the action manually. If you ever get the chance, I do recommend having a go, but all-hail packet fufu for a simpler life!
This recipe is extracted from Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh (£25, Octopus Books). Photography © Nassima Rothacker
Ingredients for fufu
- 115g (4oz) plantain fufu flour
- 250ml (9fl oz) water, very warm or just boiled and slightly cooled
Method for fufu
- Put the flour in a small saucepan, mix in half of the measured water and stir into a thick paste.
- Place the pan over a low heat and slowly add the rest of the water, stirring continuously and smoothing out any lumps with the back of a wooden spoon (the low heat will absorb the last of the moisture).