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fufu ball

Fufu (AKPU - IGBO)

Cassava mixture (sold in the
market as akpu) normally white
and wet
Fill a sauce pan with water
midway and heat to boiling point
Pour the cassava mixture into
the mortar and mix with water
until a smooth paste is formed;
break up into miniature ball using
the hands to form the balls.
Drop each ball gently into the
boiling water and cook for 5
Remove each ball gently from
the pot into the mortar and
pound using the pestle until a
thick paste forms, mold into
balls again and bring the pot to
boil again.
Drop each ball gently into the
boiling water and cook for 5
Remove from the pot and set
pot aside, pound again until you
get a thick paste that looks well
cooked and it's ready for eating.
Fill a sauce pan with water and
add the cassava mixture into it
until you get a smooth paste,
make sure that you are not
using a lot of water instead
start with a little at a time till
you get the smooth paste.
Heat the mixture over medium
heat and continue stirring
periodically as the mixture
It would take a while about 25 -
30 mins for the mixture to
become thoroughly cooked and
throughout this period, you have
to keep stirring or the mixture
forms thick curds that are
unpleasant and makes the final
food unpalatable. You may have
to bring down the pot at this
stage and hold it firmly between
the soles of your feet for a firm
grip and stir vigorously or you
may solicit the help of another
to hold the pot while you stir.
The mixture will become very
thick and hard as you continue
stirring keep on stirring until a
thick lump of consistent and
thick mass is before you, then
its ready.
You can find the already
prepared ones in the market
available for instant eating but
personally, if I don't know the
seller and can't vouch for the
overall hygiene in the course of
the preparation then I don't buy.
This is because most of those
being sold in the market have an
unpleasant smell and taste and
you might be repelled but if you
can manage it then its ok but
then some of the are also very
good and clean and moreover, it
saves you a lot of time.

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