African recipe: How to prepare Fufu corn

Fufu is a popular West African starchy side dish that is eaten with vegetables or soups like okra soup. Fufu can be made from a variety of starchy foods like cassava yams, cocoyam or corn.

This recipe is all about how to make fufu with corn. Corn fufu is or fufu corn similar to polenta in the Western world in that they both use corn. However, while polenta is seasoned, corn fufu is made plain without any seasonings.

Fufu corn is like a hard porridge. When hot, it is soft and fluffy. When it cools down, it hardens up like a cake.


4 cups corn flour (500g or half kg)

8 cups water (2 liters)


Place 6 and a half cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil. 

Place one cup of the corn flour in a bowl then add 1 cup of water to the flour and mix to form a smooth paste.

Add another half cup of water and mix well to form a loose creamy mixture (with the consistency of liquid whole milk).

When water boils, carefully subtract 5 cups of the water, placing it in a hot water safe container.

Then stir the remaining water in the pot with a wooden spoon while adding the corn flour mixture. Add in all of the mixture, while stirring continuously so as to avoid forming lumps.

The mixture will thicken up as you stir. This mixture will form the base so we can easily mix in the rest of the flour without forming lumps.

Now add half of the flour and mix well to incorporate. Add the other half and mix well till well incorporated.

The mixture will be harder at this point and it is a bit of a workout but you got this!

Once the flour is all mixed in, add half of the reserved hot water to the pot. Cover and let it cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.

After that, open and mix the fufu with the water in circular motion until well incorporated.

Add the remaining hot water then cover and let it cook for another 5 minutes.

Cover and mix the fufu again with the hot water until well incorporated. Now let it cook for about 3 minutes and your corn fufu is done!

Wrapping the Corn Fufu

To wrap the corn fufu, cut a plastic wrap about the same length as your wrist to your arm.

Place the plastic wrap over a small deep bowl then place about a spoon of the corn fufu onto the wrap.

Gather all the sides of the wrap to cover the fufu then twist to wrap.

Alternately, you could wrap your corn fufu in warn banana leaves or just place the whole thing in a nice bowl and serve it from there.

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