Banku is an indigenous fermented meal of maize or cassava or a combination of both, commonly eaten in Ghana. It is another popular African food.

Banku is much like kenkey, but boiled directly in a pot, free from wrapping like kenkey, in a foil, corn husk or plantain leaves.

It is eaten as a dumpling with traditional African soups, made from vegetables and meat or fish.

How to Prepare Banku

For a serving adequate for 2, about four cups of White Maize is grinded into powder, or white Maize flour is purchased, already gounded.

This is mixed with half a cup full of water, and mixed together to form a thick paste. The mixture is allowed to ferment for about 3 -4 days.

The fermented product is then kneaded with the hand thoroughly, until a very smooth dough is obtained.

This is placed then cut into small dumplings, the size of a tennis ball, and placed in a pot. Water is added to it, and boiled into a gelatinous mass for about an hour.

The cooked product is the Banku, ready to be served hot or cold with palm nut soup or any other African soup of choice.

Useful Links

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Banku and other Ghanaian Foods

African Recipes


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