British GuyBritish Guy Staff asked 1 week ago

How do you make fufu? I am just learning about Nigerian foods and understood by reading posts on the internet that fufu is vital to Nigerian cooking, please help me understand this. What is fufu and what is it made from?

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Flint answered 6 days ago

Fufu is made from cassava, the process to making fufu is rather vigorous but I will try explaining in few words

Nigeria as we all know is the worlds largest producer of cassava. Cassava is a Woody shrub of the spurge family cultivated annually or perennially. Fufu is a local Nigerian food made from sieved fermented cassava. 
Here cassava tubers are pilled and soaked in water for quick fermentation after which is sieved. The semi liquid sieved content is put on the fire and it’s continually turned with a big Turner until it takes form and ready to serve, that is how to make fufu in Nigeria

Fufu can be eaten with assorted soups such as vegetable soup, egusi soup, edikaigong, bitter leaf soup,etc .It is an alternative to eba (Garri) in some instances. Most people dislike fufu as it has an offensive smell that will clique to you after eating and it’s usually very heavy in the stomach and tend to make one feel sleepy. All the same, a well prepared fufu is smooth and easy to swallow no wonder it is nicked named swallow.

chidi ananChy Anegbu Staff replied 5 days ago

Thanks for your feedback Flint.

chidi ananChy Anegbu Staff answered 3 days ago

This article is about how to make fufu, if you have just cassava (which is the integral crop needed), you should get a glass of juice, cross your legs are follow this article to the last full stop… lol.

But if you have sun-dried raw version (powdered fufu), you can have edible fufu in just 10 minutes.
This is the stages involved – First, Cassava to raw wet fufu.
how fufu is made
What is fufu?
Fufu is one of the popular swallows in Nigeria, “swallow” is a brand name for foods that are not chewed before swallowing in Nigeria. We have lots of swallows like eba, semo, pounded yam, fufu and tuwo shinkafa. Eba is the most popular swallow in Nigeria and probably followed by fufu.

Fufu is a little more expensive so it is reserved only for folks that could afford it.
Plus it takes a little time to prepare, unlike eba that could be made in just few minutes, fufu takes about 10-50 minutes depending on the state of your raw fufu.

How do you make fufu
Fufu is made from cassava, you start by pilling the cassava then soak in water for 3-4 days, sift to remove chaff.
You get the raw-wet fufu. which can then be cooked and pounded to obtain the edible fufu.

Also, the raw-wet fufu could be sun-dried and stored in an air tight container. This is the best way to preserve fufu (by drying it) to obtian the powdered fufu.

There are two ways to cook fufu.

1. Dissolve in water and stir over heat till it looks like the real thing. This method is applicable to raw wet fufu or powdered fufu.
2. Cook and pound, this is only applicable to the raw wet fufu.
Then serve.
That is how to make fufu in Nigeria. it can be served with anyone of the many Nigerian soups. I decided to serve fufu and oha soup tonight.
fufu and oha soup

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