African Fufu / Foufou / Foofoo / Foutou

Across Central Africa and Western Africa, Fufu is a staple food, roughly the equivelant to English Mashed Potato; a starchy accompanyment to most meals, made with simple and easily available ingredients.

Depending which recipe you read (and whether the recipe is African, or a Western alternative) widely varies the ingredients – as does the spelling of the name. In fairness, Fufu in Africa is made with any starchy vegetable, such as Plantain or Yam, however feel free to vary the recipe for what is available locally.

Note that due to regional variations the dish below can be served either as formed balls, or as a simple mash.

African Fufu Recipe – Ingredients

  •  1.5kg of Yam (or Yam/Plantain in equal quantities)
  •  1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  •  Salt and Pepper to taste

African Fufu Recipe – Method

1. Boil Yams until soft.

2. Rinse in cold water, drain, then peel the Yams.

3. Place in large bowl with the butter, a pinch of salt and pepper, and mash to acheive a consistency thicker then mashed potato.

4. Form balls with the Fufu mixture.

And Finally…

Serve with your favourite African stew (such as Morrocan Lamb Casserole), and use to mop up the sauce. Enjoy!