Pounding Yams – Making Delicious Fufu in Tamale, Ghana

In this video, it’s all about pounding yams to make fufu. A simple lunch order sets this teamwork in motion. A traditional cooking method in the kitchen for a classic dish from Ghana.

Fufu is one of the defining meals of Ghanaian cuisine. Often pounded yam, though cassava or plantain may be used, alongside a spicy soup with goat or chicken meat. Pounding fufu is a lot of work.

Traditionally, fufu is eaten with the hands, diving into the firm, dough-like yams and dipping vigorously into the soup before scooping it into your mouth. There are a number of different soups that fufu can be served with. The most common one we encountered was light soup.

If you don’t like spicy things, let the chef know so they can adjust the heat level to your liking.

Fufu really is an awesome food you should try when you go to Ghana.

Of course there are many variations, and you can ask to have it made as spicy or mild as you like. You can also let them know if you prefer the fufu firm, or soft. There’s an example of firm fufu in this short video.

However, you don’t want to miss Tim’s full experience with his fufu challenge.

Props to Picorna Hotel in Tamale and their awesome staff for making fufu for me regularly and letting me film them while they were doing it.

While watching a Ghanaian vlogger, I was surprised to see an ad for instant fufu, from a box. I can’t imagine it tasting as good as the fresh made fufu that you see getting made here.

Trina Phillips

I've been traveling to off-the-beaten-path destinations for more than 20 years. Now I'm sharing my continuing adventures in Africa.

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