Many people believe that eating African staples like fufu is the reason why they are fat. I hear statements like “if you want to lose weight, stop eating amala and all that African stuff” all the time. It really amazes me how little most of us know about our own heritage food and their health benefits.
The interesting fact is that our foods are being increasing consumed by non-Africans who seemingly have discovered the value of consuming whole unprocessed foods like plantain, sweet potatoes or yellow maize.
Why then, do we think our foods are unhealthy? Or rather why do we think our foods make us fat? I’ll let you my dear readers share your views about this. 🙂
But here is a healthy plantain fufu (amala) recipe for you all. It is gluten-free and low fat. It can be consumed with any soup of your choice, ideally with plain green okra soup.
Plantain Fufu (Amala)
Plantain fufu is a healthy African soup staple which is low in carbohydrates, low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium compared to other soup staples making it a great meal for weightloss and diabetes prevention.
3 unripe Plantain
1 cup Water
- Peel and slice plantains into small cubes.
- Steam plantain for 20 minutes in a steamer.
- Using a food processor, blend plantains to a soft but sticky consistency.
- Serve with soup of choice.
- 1. Altenatively, blend raw plantains before cooking like normal fufu in a pot.