Plantain fufu is a traditional West-African dish made from green plantains. It is very similar to the traditional West African fufu and can be used as a replacement for it. Plantain fufu is an excellent choice for those looking for a slightly lighter version of the traditional fufu recipe.
Plantain fufu belongs to the food group we call solid/swallow food because they are doughy in consistency so we use our fingers to cut out morsels and use the morsels to scoop the soup/stew before swallowing.
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 healthy food for diabetes and also helps to improve general body wellness.
Plantain fufu is one you should try out from time to time if you’re looking for an excellent alternative to the traditional fufu recipe made from cassava. You can check more plantain recipes here.
How To Make Plantain Fufu
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 doughy and stretchy enough to roll into balls or any other shape you desire.
Though, this recipe can also be made using plantain flour – which is 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 to buy one that has no preservative in it.
Variant names of fufu include Foofoo, Fufuo, Foufou, Foutou, and many more depending on the part of Africa.
What is Plantain Fufu made of?
Plantain fufu is made with unripe (green) plantains and water.
What does plantain fufu taste like?
Since the plantain used is green and unripe, it is starchy and the flavor is somewhat subtle. That is why you don’t eat it by itself, you need a form of soup or stew to pair with it.
Can I use ripe plantains?
I will not recommend using ripe plantains because the starch has been converted into sugar therefore it will be hard for the plantain to form a doughy solid consistency when cooked.
How long does it take to make plantain fufu?
It takes about 5 minutes on average. A little more time may be required if the plantains you use are on the bigger side.
BELOW IS A VIDEO DEMONSTRATION OF PLANTAIN FUFU:
Preserving the green plantains
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.
Green plantains can be best preserved by freezing them. Simply peel them then put them in a ziplock bag and freeze them. When needed, simply thaw and use as needed.
HOW TO MAKE PLANTAIN FUFU
- 2 Plantains green
- ½ to ¾ 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 medium heat stirring constantly until a stretchy and dough-like consistency is formed.
- Leave it to cool for few minutes before eating. This will make the Fufu a little firmer.
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.
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