Fresh Plantain fufu_9jafoodieFresh Plantain Fufu with Abak Atama

I was very excited when Fadekemi hit me up on twitter with a fresh plantain fufu recipe; it’s something that never crossed my mind prior. I set out to buy plantains and after a few trials  here we are. Since this post has a health component to it, I decided to do a brief comparison between traditional cassava and Plantain.

Plantain vs Cassava

Summary: Plantain is lower in calories and carbohydrate however it’s significantly higher in sugar than cassava.  If you are counting calories or on a low carb diet, plantain fufu is a much better option however if you are sugar sensitive, stick with cassava based fufu.


  • 1 large unripe plantain
  • 2/3 cup water


  • Peel and cut the plantain into small pieces

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  • Combine plantain and water in a blender. puree to a smooth paste
  • Pour the plantain puree into a pot, set on high heat

making plantain fufu

  • Stir the mixture with a spatula until the puree begin to cuddle. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to stir until you have a stretchy dough

plantain fufu

  • Serve the fufu and set aside to cool (this will harden the fufu a little more)

Fresh Plantain Fufu

Enjoy with your choice of soup

Note: If you will prefer a darker color similar to Amala, simply freeze the fresh plantain before use.


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