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Balls of Banku
CoursePepper, Stew, Soup
Place of originGhana
Created byGa-Adangbe people
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsCorn dough, cassava dough, salt and water

Banku is a Ghanaian dish which is cooked by a proportionate mixture of fermented corn and cassava dough in hot water into a smooth, whitish paste,[1][2] served with soup, stew or a pepper sauce with fish.[3] It is mostly preferred by the people of the Southern Regions of Ghana; the Ewe tribe of the Volta Region, the Fante and the Ga tribe but also eaten across the other regions in Ghana. Banku is found throughout Ghana, and is one of the staple foods enjoyed by all tribes in the country.[1][2][4]



Mix the corn dough and cassava dough in the deep stainless steel saucepan. Put over a medium flame and stir till the slurry begins to boil. Continue to stir gradually till the slurry becomes dough-like. Now, use your wooden spatula to knead the dough until it is smooth. When smooth, remove any dough stuck to the sides of your pan and center your dough. Add water around your "dough-in-pan-island", enough to almost cover the surface. Cover very well and allow to boil, ensuring even cooking and steaming of the dough in the covered pan. Knead with a spatula to incorporate the water into the dough until it is smooth. Repeat centering, watering, and kneading till your dough is soft and evenly cooked. Use a small bowl to dish a small portion of the banku into a white plastic bag or leaf and tie it. Continue this process until the banku is finished from the deep stainless steel saucepan. It can be served with soup, stew or pepper with any meat or fish of your choice.

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  1. ^ a b Haard, N.F. (1999). Fermented Cereals: A Global Perspective. FAO agricultural services bulletin. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. p. 37. ISBN 978-92-5-104296-0.
  2. ^ a b Briggs, P.; Rushton, K. (2007). Ghana: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt Guides. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-84162-205-7.
  3. ^ "Banku". Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Banku". Future Today Inc. Retrieved 14 February 2015.

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