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Fufu making in ten easy steps (and ten easy photos!)

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One of the classic Ghanaian dishes is Fufu.  It is a fairly labour intensive exercise, which is best described with a series of photos.  Recently we were up in Jirapa visiting some friends;  they were kind enough to organise for the preparation of fufu while we were there!

pounding the fufu

Start with boiling the yams

once cooked, put the yams in a large mortar and pestle

Mark has a go at pounding

It is a yam based dish that is generally eaten with a “light soup”.  The soup is usually a tomato based broth which has fish and/or meat added.  (for this reason, we often can’t order it at “chop bars”.  So that makes it doubly nice that Aaron organised for a vegetarian suitable soup to be prepared for our visit!)

Light Soup

stirring the soup

Pounding the fufu is tough work!  It takes a while, but eventually the yams sort of disintegrate, and eventually start to congeal together to form a lumpy ball which is quite “elastic”.  Once this transformation takes place, you know the fufu is almost ready!

the finished product!

the finished fufu

dishing out the soup

A large “ball” of fufu is added to each bowl;  the soup is then ladled on top.  Your dinner is now ready to be eaten!  This is done (using your hands) by taking a piece of the fufu away from the main ball, scooping some soup up, and enjoying!   It should be noted that one does not “chew” the fufu, but rather just swallows it whole…. hence, don’t take TOO big a ball!  Fabulous!

Mark digs in...


Written by Mar(k)

April 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm

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  1. Wow! This looks very tasty but so much hard work to produce! I am grateful that I don’t have to work hard to produce my meals. Enjoy!


    April 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    • Karena… as IF you prepare any of your meals! LOL xxx

      Mar Knox

      April 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      • hmmm… so true! does fufu come in a lean cuisine box??? lol. XOXO


        April 23, 2010 at 10:57 am

  2. try fried yam slices dipped in saturated sugar solution.


    April 23, 2010 at 2:24 am

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