Fura (Food): How To Prepare Nigerian Fura

Molded Fura

Hello guys, welcome back to another Nigerian recipe with Dee’s Mealz.

Today, I will be telling you how to prepare fura.

Fura is prepared using grounded “Pearl Millet” which is locally known as Gero in Hausa and some spiced ingredients that you will get to find out soon.

It is a millet dough ball that originated from the Fulani people of West Africa. In Nigeria, it is mostly prepared and eaten in the Northern part of Nigeria.

A lot of us have heard about fura da nono or fura da yogurt but don’t know how to prepare the fura itself. No worries today is your day.

To make the fura, the first process involves removing of the coat of the millet which is known as tsurfe in Hausa. That can be done with mortar and pestle.

Uncoated millet
Uncoated millet

So, let’s begin cooking.


8 cups of Pearl Millet (Gero)

1 tbls Kayan Kanshi (Cloves)

Almost a handful of Ginger (chitta)

Dried chili pepper


After the tsurfe (removing the coat from the millet), pick any form of dirt from the millet.

Wash the millet well and when packing out of the water, try to avoid packing the rest of the stones and sand particles that will settle under the bowl.

After washing well, pack into a suitable basket and allow the excess water to drain a bit.

Washed millet in basket
Washed millet in basket

Turn the drained millet in a suitable bowl, add the ginger, cloves and pepper.

Added ginger cloves and pepper
Added ginger cloves and pepper

Take for grinding into flour form.

Grounded millet flour
Grounded millet flour

After grinding, add 1000ml of water into a pot and set on heat to boil.

While you wait for the water to boil, sieve the flour into a new suitable bowl.

Sieved Millet Flour
Sieved Millet Flour

When the water begins boiling, mold the flour in balls and drop gently in the boiling water to avoid breaking.

Tip: You can fetch a little of the flour to sprinkle on the fura when molded

When all the flour has been molded into the pot, close the pot and allow to cook 30 minutes. Add water if you need to.

It foams up but no need to worry. The pot should still be closed.

While you wait for the fura flour to cook, wash and dry the mortar and pestle.

When all cooked, turn into the mortar and pestle and pound very well.

Note: the fura flour doesn’t fully cook inside. So when pounding, there will still be flour in the middle. No need to worry just continue pounding.

Continue pounding until it’s all mixed up like when pounding yam for pounded yam.

With time when pounding, it tends to stick to the pestle but you still have to continue pounding till all the dough is all mixed up and very smooth.

And your fura is ready. Begin the molding process and set in a plate.

Wow… we are done.

Molded Fura
Molded Fura
Served Fura and Yogurt
Served Fura and Yogurt

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8 thoughts on “Fura (Food): How To Prepare Nigerian Fura”

  1. Wonderful teaching. At the point of molding the flour in balls, do you have to sprinkle a little water? I mean, will dry flour mold?
    Thanks for your response


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