How to make Plantain Fufu in Three Minutes

Plantain Fufu in three minutes? I imagine my ancestors and people a little stuck in old traditions would find this unsettling. I wonder how the powdered versions of fufu, pounded yam and such have been accepted. That probably took a little more time than the manufacturers anticipated. West Africans are notorious for being very resistant to change so occasionally, knowing the kind of audience I have, I have indulged in a few change management courses. These courses have helped me understand the mindset and implement some of the lessons i’ve learned. I digress! I made this plantain fufu in three minutes because I made it in the microwave. I imagine yam flour would require slightly more time or the same time. This was however super easy and straight-forward.


1/2 cup of plantain fufu flour

3/4 cup of hot water

1/4 cup of warm water


In a bowl, pour in your plantain fufu flour then slowly pour in the 1/4 cup of warm water and stir so lumps do not form. The warm water may begin to make the fufu form slightly by absorbing all the water. Slowly pour in half of the hot water and mash and flip over. Pour a bit more of the hot water and place in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Take it out, mash and flip over multiple times and pour the rest of the water over the fufu dough that has begun to form. Place in the microwave again for another 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Take it out, mash and flip again and by now it should be stretchy which means it is ready.

Serve with any soup of your choice.

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