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Funge (Cassava flour pudding)

An Angolan specialty in which cassava flour is mixed with water to make a paste of mashed potato consistency. It is eaten as a side dish! 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Angolan
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cassava flour
  • 4 cups water

Instructions

The Modern Way

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil on the stove. Be sure to do this in a pot that can also be transferred to the oven with a lid.
  • Put 2 cups of cassava flour in a bowl and wet with cold water until it is just damp. Mix to incorporate. 
  • When the water is boiling, add the pre-mixed flour and water into the boiling water, and whisk to combine. Continue to whisk until all of the lumps are out of the mixture. 
  • Cover with a lid and place in oven for about 45 minutes. 

Traditional Method

  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil on the stove.
  • When the water is boiling, remove the pot from the stove. Sit on the ground with the pot in your lap (pro tip: put a beach towel over your lap, wear shoes, and have oven mitts handy). I did not splatter at all, but its better to be safe than sorry!
  • Pour the cassava flour into the water and whisk as fast and as hard as you can with a wooden oar (or a wooden spoon) until the mixture is completely smooth. A lumpy funje is considered subpar. 
  • Enjoy right away! 

Notes

Methods extracted from https://ethnicfoodsrus.com/around-the-world-recipes/african-cuisine/angolan-cuisine/funje/
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