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Funje - Cassava Flour Porridge - Angola
Category :- Food & Cuisine Author :- Angolamarket 
Posted on April 3, 2011, 3:06 pm
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Funje is a traditional Angolan food made with dried cassava (manioc, yucca) flour by stirring the cassava flour into water. The food, known in English as the “Cassava Flour Porridge”, funje is the Angolan version of West African fufu. However, the preparation method is the same.

Funje is an essential accompaniment to meal in Angola, and bellow are presented two ways of making funje: The traditional hand intensive labour method and a modern oven-based method:
Ingredients:
 
250g cassava flour (fuba)
500ml water
Preparation Method:
 
Traditional Method: What you need for the traditional method is a deep pan and a funje stick. This is a long-handled stout wooden spoon with a flattened oar-like blade (typically it's 35cm or longer). Almost every West African household has one of these (we have my wife's family version). For perfect funje you need twice the volume of water to the amount of cassava flour.
 
Bring the water to a boil and as soon as it's boiling remove from the flame, sit on the floor, wrap in a cloth and hold steady with your feet. Add all the cassava flour in one go and beat energetically with the funje stick. You must beat very hard and fast as the mixture thickens rapidly and if you do not beat thoroughly you will end-up with lumps and hard 'kernels' rather than a smooth dough-like porridge.
 
Modern Method: Bring the water to a boil in a casserole dish. Meanwhile, beat the cassava flour into a bowl containing 500ml cold water until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  Add this mixture to the boiling water, whisking to combine. Stir until the mixture is smooth then add a lid and place in an oven pre-heated to 180°C.  Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened to a dough-like consistency. And there you will have perfectly smooth funje without all the hard work and stirring.

Funje is typically used as an accompaniment to stews of greens, fish and meat. In some regions of Angola it may be spelled as funge.

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