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How To Cook Fufu From Scratch (Nigerian Fufu)

Learn how to make fufu using cassava dough (Placali) in easy steps. Cassava fufu is a popular food eaten in Nigeria and other West African countries.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Nigerian, West African
Keyword: fufu, Nigerian fufu
Servings: 6
Author: Ajoke
Cost: $3.50


  • Nigerian Wooden spatula (turning stick)


  • 1.2 kg water cassava dough placali
  • Water as needed


  • Add the cassava dough/pulp into a heavy bottom pot, break the pulp into smaller pieces with your hands. Add water and mix to combine with your hand until lump free and a smooth paste is achieved. The consistency would be like that of thick double cream.
    a hand with touching white paste in the pot.
  • Turn on the heat to medium-low heat and start stirring vigorously, the fufu will start changing colour from white to off white. You will have to keep stirring to combine. The fufu will become hard to stir and feel stretchy at some point, you will need to add warm water to the mix as needed. Cover the pan pot with its lid and leave to cook for about 5 to 10 minutes so that the steam can cook the fufu thoroughly and desired softness is achieved.
    stretchy dough in a pot.
  • You will know the fufu is cooked through when it is no longer white, the final result will be off-cream in colour. Portion the cooked fufu into bowls or in cling film until you are ready to use. Serve with any soup of choice.
    a plate of fufu and soup.