Saturday, February 27, 2010
Fufu is the staple food of West and Central Africa. It is a thick paste of potatoes usually made by boiling starchy root vegetables in water and pounding with a mortar and pestle until the desired consistency is reached. In Western Africa, fufu is usually made from cassava, yams, and sometimes combined with cocoyam, plantains, or maize. The common method is to serve a mound of fufu along with a soup made from okra, fish (often dried), tomato, etc. Fufu products have been made into powder/flour and can be mixed with hot water to obtain the final product hence eliminating the arduous task of beating it in a mortar with a pestle. Photos: Dried cassava root being pounded into flour to be put in boiling water in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.A plate of fufu accompanied with peanut soup.Powdered Fufu mix.