Steamed Fonio With Tumeric Vegetable Sauce

4 Min
October 31, 2017

Naa Oyoo Kumordzi is a born foodie, Life blogger , food stylist and photographer. She is also a social media strategist for businesses.

Vegetarians & healthy foodies rejoice! Fonio is here to add some serious jive and be an addition to your healthy eating choices. When I bought Fonio from Abaabuw, I was nervously excited, so excited and nervous that I didn't touch it for awhile. 

But I couldn't hide from it any longer and finally pulled it out from the fridge for an excelsior moment with this superfood.  Fonio is a variety of millet but much smaller and more nutritious and also faster growing. It's the Flash of whole grain family 🌾 🌾 💨 . There are also two types of Fonio: Black & White Fonio and for this recipe I used the Black Fonio also known as Iburu.

Washed fonio left to rehydrate

Before using Fonio, wash it through a mesh several times to remove any grits. Due to the size of the grains, using a fine mesh to sieve is your best option to prevent any escaping grains. Five washes can do the trick. After washing it through, cover for five minutes and let it rehydrate

To steam fonio, use less water in comparison to the amount of fonio to be cooked. So if you want to cook 1 cup of fonio, your water should be a quarter cup. If you use too much water the fonio will come out very splotchy and mushy and you don't want that. Nope. 

Spoon in the fonio and stir through. Cover and allow to cook for 3 minutes. Take off the heat and keep covered for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork after the 10minutes and serve with Tumeric sauce.

Black fonio

The taste of Black Fonio is similar to one between couscous and a slight flavour of gari. But after cooking it definitely comes out more like couscous. 1 cup of fonio is enough for three adults as a dinner meal choice.

Dished out steamed fonio with tumeric vegetable sauce

Excellent dinner, great experience. Can't wait to see what I else I can make with Fonio. 

What You Need:  

  1. 1 cup of Fonio 
  2. 1/4 cup water 
  3. 1/2 tsp salt 


  1. Wash fonio in running water five times in a mesh.
  2. Allow to sit covered for five minutes to rehydrate
  3. Boil 1/4 cup of water with salt added in
  4. Add in Fonio and allow to steam for 3 minutes.
  5. Take off fire and cover for ten minutes.
  6. Fluff with fork and serve with sauce of your choice.  
‍Ready to serve steamed fonio with tumeric vegetable sauce

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