Fufu is a staple meal in West Africa and is like to potatoes to Americans. It is a meal that is made from yams, cassava or plantains. In Togo it was mostly made with yams or cassava. This root bound plant is boiled like a potato and then pounded using a mortar and pestle until it becomes the consistency of dough. Once it is the right consistency then it is shaped into a ball form and eaten with soup ~ chicken, goat or peanut soup.
In Togo, were I first ate Fufu, it was served on a plate with a bowl of soup. In other African countries the fufu is served with the soup around it. If the fufu isn’t soft, often a small amount of the soup is poured on the fufu to help soften it before eating it.
When this meal is served, you first are offered a bowl to wash your hands and also at the end of the meal you are offered another bowl to wash your hands. You only need to wash one hand – your right hand.
You might think that this meal is eaten with a spoon. You are mistaken. It is eaten with your hands and only your right hand. In most African countries it is considered disgraceful to eat with your left hand. Your left hand is considered dirty and right hand is your clean hand. To eat this properly you break of a small ball of the fufu and roll it in your fingers and making a small indent into it. Then you dip it into the hot soup and grab some of the soup and contents in your fingers and eat it. You can use a spoon to eat the soup. It is normal for a family to share this meal from the same plate and bowl. If you ever get a chance to travel to Western Africa, make sure you eat fufu, it is an experience that you do not want to miss.
Yams are very beneficial to you and you may want to start thinking about including them into your diet. They are a good source of Vitamin B6 and Potassium both good for your heart. They also have antioxidant vitamin C which can help with cancer prevention and also protects from immune system deficiencies Yams are low in calories and rich in fiber so they feel you up without going to your waist line
- 1-2 pounds yams
- Cook yams covered in water until soft
- Once soft place yams in mortar and pound with pestle until consistency of dough approximately 20 minutes. If yams stick to pestle, dip pestle in water and continue to pound
- Once fufu is to the consistency you want it, using hands to form into a flat ball form
- Serve with soup.
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