Plantain Fufu is basically a solid meal or swallow (as we call it in West Africa) made from green plantains. The plantains we use for this recipe is the green unripe plantains. Plantains are grain free and gluten free and they are a good source of Magnesium, Calcium and many other nutrients. In fact, it is recommended as a health food for diabetes and also helps to improve general body wellness.
This meal is really easy to prepare. All you have to do is to peel and cut the plantains into small chunks – this will make blending a breeze. Pour the blended plantain inside a pot and continue to stir until it becomes stretchy – so easy!
Though, this recipe can also be made using plantain flour – which is a flour made by drying the green plantains and grinding it into a fine powder.
I choose to use the green plantains today because that is what I have at home at the moment but if you like you can also use the plantain flour for this recipe. It works just as well. However, I will advise you buy one that has no preservative in it.
Sometimes, we plan to use the green plantains in our recipes but all of a sudden, they go ripe on us. The best thing to do in order to prevent this is to store them and you will be able to use them anytime you choose to.
Variant names of fufu include Foofoo, Fufuo, Foufou, Foutou and many more depending on the part of Africa.
Plantain fufu can be paired with Okro, Spinach (efo riro), Egusi soup, Ogbono and more.
BELOW IS A VIDEO DEMONSTRATION OF PLANTAIN FUFU:
HOW TO MAKE PLANTAIN FUFU
- 2 Plantains green
- 1/2 Cup water
- Peel the plantain and cut it into small sizes
- Throw in the cut plantain pieces in a blender and blend until smooth
- Pour the batter inside a pot and cook on a medium heat stirring constantly until a stretchy and dough-like consistency is formed
NotesYou need to stir thoroughly until the fufu is formed otherwise you might end up with lumps
When the fufu is done, cover it or wrap it in a plastic wrap in order to prevent it from forming a crust. Leave it to cool for few minutes.
Leave it to cool for few minutes before eating. This will make the Fufu a little firmer.
If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pictures of your creations on Instagram and Facebook. #cheflolaskitchen