How To Make Rice Flour Fufu Colourful, Quick And Delicious, With Some Starch, Palm Oil

How to make elastic tuwo shinkafa with palm oil

My Colourful rice Flour Fufu appears first here on wives connection blog. 
When compared with other forms of fufu like garri, semolina, semovita, poundo, wheat etc, rice flour is the
cheapest. Being able to create this lovely swallow from it aside the white inelastic rice flour tuwo shinkafa that we know. I think I just discovered the most economical form of fufu for my family. I didn’t expected it to be rushed the way it happened being the first time I'm serving shinkafa to my family, but everybody enjoyed it so much and suggested that with the high cost of poundo flour, this is the best for us yet.

These two bags of rice flour have been in the pantry for months after I used a little to make shortbread for the kids, shortbread that didn't turn out well even after I followed that online recipe to the teeth. The blog pics that enticed me were so well presented and inviting.  I had to bake those cookies with my laptop in the kitchen to make sure there's no mistake, yet for where?  My cookies were falling all over the place like garri made with too little water.

 After that failed attempt, I  didn't know what to do with the excess rice flour, I didn't want the usual tuwo shinkafa either.  When yesterday, my daughter asked if I'm aware that my bags of rice flour are going to expire next month, I had to get creative in the kitchen.  Quickly sent my brother to the market to get me edible starch,they were all wondering what I wanted the starch for and because na my first trial, I refused to disclose because I know how they like to laugh at my mistakes in this house.  Quietly I set to work using just a quarter of the one hundred naira starch bought and 2 cups  rice flour with just a scoop of palm oil.

There are actually two methods of making tuwo shinkafa. One is to mix the flour/starch with palm oil in a bowl and water before adding to the pot of boiling water. Another method is to first cook the flour and starch before adding palm oil in the cooking pot.


  1. First, mix a handful of rice flour with some water and boil.
  2. Mix a tablespoon of starch with water until it looks like raw pap about to be cooked, you can add the palm oil to this even though it won't mix well now, don't worry, just set aside.
  3. Then, measure the rice flour you want to make and begin to add gradually while briskly stirring the boiling pot of tuwo. If you need to add some more water, feel free to do so. Add the starch. (Shop measuring spoons and cups)
  4. Add a tablespoon of palm oil, depending on how colourful and elastic you want it because as we know, palm oil reduces the elasticity of carbs. Stir until the oil is well mixed and the whole dough is one colour. Stir more for about 2 to 3 minutes or until tuwo looks like what is on the picture below.
  5. Scoop out in small quantities and wrap in cellophane (bread) bags so it doesn't get cold and hard.
  6. Serve with any soup of choice. Best enjoyed with ogbono or okro soup
NOTE: If you see tiny lumps while making your tuwo, just sprinkle in some more rice flour and stir until every lump disappears.

 Rice flour with the 100 naira starch from the market.

 I take out just a quarter of this starch to mix with the rice flour for my exceptional tuwo shinkafa African  fufu.

Here is the little starch I used while the rest is waiting in the fridge for the weekend and more fufu  swallowing. 

 The starch is crushed, stirred in water like when we make pap for babies, then a scoop of palm oil is poured on top. Palm oil is the best thing you can add to starch. If your stomach reacts not so good  after eating starchy foods, try adding palm oil and see the difference. Anyway, I do always add palm oil to my babies' pap because I introduce them quite early to pap and, palm oil helps it digest very well without giving baby stomach problems or indigestion.  Again, you can't see my  babies' poop looking greenish or fatty and I always thought it's because of palm oil that  their poop's always that colourful.  Imagine me talking  about baby poop beside a plate of food, una nor vex abeg.

 Here I scoop out the flour into a bowl.

 This is made exactly like amala,  poundo or wheat meal

 Here I add the palm oil starch and continue to stir 

 It turns out a bit lumpy, so I sprinkle some rice flour to smoothen  while I stir.

 You know my cameras by now, how they behave. This shinkafa looked more beautiful and appetising   than you see in pictures. 

 My Colourful tuwo shinkafa. Rice flour fufu  is my go to swallow for now I mean it.  I served this fufu with one kind cheap native soup that Iwould have loved to share o, but as no meat inside the soup, liver nor dey, I  dey fear. 
Happy stirring and swallowing! See you tomorrow with my party jollof rice and it's secret ingredients. 

See how the palm oil prevents the bottom pot from burning.
 Rice flour fufu ( tuwo shinkafa) served with native toasted melon soup and fish. 

How do you make your tuwo shinkafa (Rice fufu)?


  1. Anonymous11/05/2015

    I like the look. Will definitely try it this weekend. Thanks Eya.

  2. Fufu is a no no for me right now but I like the look.

    1. A little won't hurt na, how long can you go without fufu swallow?

    2. I am trying to get my bikini bod

  3. Hmmmmm this is fantastic I love cooking I think I will try this

  4. Anonymous11/15/2015

    Sorry to ask aunty Eya, am missing out something, did u add palm oil in flour and starch? Again did u mix the flour and starch in water, pls explain well on how u mixed the both. Tnx

  5. No, you don't have to be sorry. I added palm oil to the starch before pouring into the pot flour. I poured the rice flour into a pot of boiling water while stirring, mixed the starch to cold water and oil before adding them to the flour that's already being stirred. Let me know if you still don't understand.

  6. Anonymous3/19/2018

    Thank you for the recipe. Is Ayoola 100% rice flour? The ingredients say white rice and food starch. does that mean its 100% rice?


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