Street Food Friday – Fura in Accra

Fura in Accra

In search of more street food in Accra, my friend Kaibo and I have been planting ourselves in the neighborhood of Nima over the past several weeks. Walking in Nima, I was curious when I saw these white powdered balls neatly packed in glass boxes. I guess they caught my eye because they kind of reminded me of munchkins from Dunkin Donuts. Kaibo told me they were fura, blended molded balls of millet.

Field of dreams - the whole grain millet

Field of dreams – the whole grain millet

 

 

These millet balls are then coated with white corn powder. Fura is mixed and mashed in fresh cow’s milk to create my ultimate favorite street food — brukina. In Accra, you can find women from Labadi to 37 carrying large plastic boxes of brukina in ice water on their heads. (A side note: I just came back from a trip to Benin and I was comforted to see that brukina was sold there too! I’m sure it’s called something else though)

Fura in Accra

Are those munchkins I see? Not quite…

 

The merchants were even nice enough to let me make my own brukina with the fura. Squishing the millet balls in a bowl of milk brought me back to my third grade science class days. The difference this time was me getting to eat the end product :-)

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7 Responses to “Street Food Friday – Fura in Accra”

  1. @peagama says:

    I see these foods (called Fura,) on the street most times but always thought they were soaps or herbal medicines. I didn’t know people eat these. I know someone would say, they are nutritious and good for eating. The thought of Brukina now scares me. But people still love it. Thanks for explaining what the components are. #StreetFood, good job Roxanne. Hope to join you and Kaibo look for more #streetfoods or let me say #ScaryFoods. lol

    • Roxanne L. Scott says:

      Oh, don’t get confused! I have seen balls of soap sold on the street as well. But when I see them they are usually individually wrapped in plastic. Either way, please ask… I don’t want you getting sick saying “But Roxanne told me it was fura…” LOL!

      We will invite you next time we go street food hunting!

  2. readjerome says:

    I’ve never had any of those things. Although I’m from the part of the country where anyone will expect that I’m familiar with them. I’ll try them one of these days.

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  4. Marcia says:

    From the description – millet and milk – it doesn’t excite my tastebuds. I hope they sell them with something else. I’d need something salty or spicy to go with.

    • Roxanne L. Scott says:

      It is sweetened if that helps. It’s funny every time I describe it to someone it sounds so blah. I guess it’s one of those things you just need to try, lol

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