Let’s transform ordinary plantain fruits into delicious African Plantain Fufu! It’s easy to make, yet it’s bursting with flavor and texture that pairs well with your favorite soups and stews.
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How to Make Plantain Fufu
If you haven’t heard of Plantain Fufu before, this is the perfect opportunity to learn how to make this quick and easy healthy recipe!
Green plantains are starchy, healthy, and versatile ingredients you can steam, deep fry, or roast. While they belong to the banana family, they taste more savory than sweet.
These may be harder to peel but once cooked into a dish, all of your efforts will be worth it! Green plantains are also rich in fiber, vitamins, and potassium source.
You might be surprised how you can convert this simple fruit into a mesmerizing and appetizing dish. I also love using plantains for porridge, baby puree, and chips!
Incorporate water to process the green plantains easily. It also contributes to the fufu’s texture, elasticity, and taste. The water can balance out the flavors and make the fufu more manageable.
This will be one of your favorites among the two-ingredients dishes! It has the quality of a rich dessert but without calories!
- Peel the green plantains, remove the rinds, and slice them into small pieces using a knife.
- Add the diced plantain to a blender with the water and blend until smooth.
- Place a pot over medium heat and gently pour in the blended green plantains. Stir it with a wooden spoon to prevent it from sticking to the pot.
When you notice lumps forming, press them against the pot to smooth them out. Cook it for about 15 minutes. Cover it with a lid and steam for about 2 minutes.
- Pour it into a wet glass or greased bowl so it slides out easily when removing it from the pot.
- Leave to cool for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Transfer it onto a plate and serve it with your favorite soup.
When you finish cooking this mesmerizing fufu, you’ll find that it has transformed into a wholly new and irresistibly delicious dish!
How to Select and Store Green Plantains
- Choose green plantains that feel firm to the touch.
- Select the bright green ones without dark spots.
- You can also smell a mildly sweet scent on the plantain.
- To slow down the ripening, you can refrigerate the green plantains but make sure to use them within 4 days.
- Alternatively, peel and slice the plantains into pieces. Then, pre-freeze them before storing them in freezer bags to last up to several weeks.
How to Puree the Green Plantain Without a Blender
- If you don’t have a blender, you can use a food processor or a food mill to puree the plantains. Moreover, you can also steam or boil it before mashing it with a fork, wooden spatula, or a potato masher.
- To achieve a smooth consistency, filter it with a fine-mesh sieve, a cheesecloth, or a nut milk bag.
Plantain Fufu Variations
If you want something new, you can try some of my other recipes: Oatmeal Fufu, Olu Olu Fufu, and Green Banana Fufu. There is no need to worry about the seasoning, but if you want to make it more flavorful, you can add salt or ground black pepper.
Furthermore, you can use Almond Milk as an alternative to water. It diversifies the flavor of the fufu and enriches its texture.
- Pot: Cook the plantain puree in a pot.
- Blender: Make the puree with a blender.
- Knife: Peel and slice the ingredients with a knife.
- Cutting board: Prepare the fruit on a clean chopping board.
- Wooden spatula: Mix the cooking fufu with a wooden spatula.
- Bowl: Transfer the contents into a bowl to serve on a plate.
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How to Serve Plantain Fufu
Plantain Fufu is best served with your favorite stew or soup side dishes! For instance, you can pair it with:
You can also form it into balls or rolls to make it more appetizing! This may be delicious, but this must be consumed in moderation due to the starch content. Limit your plantain fufu intake to 1 serving a day.
- At room temperature: Wrap the fufu in cling film and store it in an airtight container. Make sure to consume it within a few hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is plantain fufu made of?
This delicious and satisfying dish is made up of just plantains and water! It looks like it has cream, but this is just pure and natural plantains!
What does plantain fufu taste like?
Plantain fufu has a mildly sweet flavor similar to sweet potatoes. Its subtle flavor makes it suitable for soups and stews!
How healthy is plantain fufu?
According to Health Guide, plantain fufu is rich in fiber, magnesium, potassium, vitamins, and healthy carbohydrates. I can guarantee you that it’s nutritious!
- 2 green plantains
- 2 cups water
- Prepare the green plantain. Peel the green plantains and remove the rinds to avoid the bitter taste. Slice it into small pieces
- Puree the plantain.Add the diced plantain to a blender with the water and blend until smooth.
- Cook it. Place a pot over medium heat and gently pour in the blended green plantains. Stir it with a wooden spoon to prevent it from sticking to the pot. When you notice lumps forming, press them against the pot to smooth them out. Cook it for about 15 minutes. Cover it with a lid and steam for about 2 minutes.
- Serve. Pour it into a wet glass bowl or greased bowl, so it slides out easily when removing it from the pot. Leave to cool for 3 to 5 minutes.Transfer it onto a plate and serve it with your favorite soup or stew.
- You can serve this with stews or soups.
- Refrigerate or freeze them in plastic wrap to prolong shelf life.
- Continuously stir it while it cooks to prevent burning and clumping.