West African Fufu

West African Fufu

West African Fufu, also known as foofoo, foufou, fufou, gari and many other names and variations, is a staple food in West African cuisine, often used as a side dish for dipping in stews and traditional West African peanut soup.

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There are many ways in which you can make fufu. Using equal mixtures of Cassava and Plantain flour (and water) is a popular method, often used in Ghana and Nigeria.

Although, cassava flour may not always be accessible, therefore you can replace it with maize flour, semolina, mashed-up cassava, plantains or white yams.

For this recipe, we’ll be using mashed up cassava root for the freshest taste possible…

West African Fufu

Fufu is gluten-free and 100% vegan, great for dipping in to your favourite African stew, soup or curry.

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 210 kcal


  • 2 large cassava (yuca root)
  • 1 tbsp dairy-free butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  1. Boil your cassava with the skin on until soft (20-30 minutes). Test with a sharp knife that it goes all the way through.

  2. Drain and leave to cool for 10 minutes.

  3. Peel the cassava and chop into large pieces.

  4. Add dairy-free butter and seasoning then mash together well.

  5. Wet your hands and form large balls with your fufu. Serve with a traditional african soup.

Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to experiment with spices for a desired taste, perhaps add a pinch of garlic and onion powder.

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