Green Plantain Porridge
The African Green Plantain Porridge is a tasty dish prepared from green plantain, boiled in a mix of vegetables and fish, garnished with a blend of medium to hot spices as required, and a few drops of cooking oil.
Unlike the South American and Jamaican dish with similar name, it is cooked, devoid of milk.This can be eaten as a side meal on occasions, or even as a main meal in the evenings.
Plantain comes as green (unripe), yellow (ripe) or black (over ripened) form.
Plantain is grown and eaten in many tropical regions of the world. It could be found Jamaica, Florida, the Caribbean, Nigeria, Cameroon, Japan, and Peru.
It can be eaten boiled, fried or baked and served with vegetable sauce or palm oil. We describe how this versatile fruit can be used in making the green plantain porridge.
For this menu, green or slightly ripened plantain is recommended
Green plantain is rich in magnesium, Vitamins C, vitamin A, and iron. It is a source of the well documented "low GI carbohydrates" which can help in weight control, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, hypertension and a few other medical conditions.
Food items that have "low GI" carbohydrates (more desirable) contains complex starch that break down slowly during digestion, leading to a gradual glucose release and thus well controlled, sustained release of energy.
Plantain is also very rich in dietary fibre.
Cooked with fish, vegetables and a sprinkle of oil, it no doubt, offers a truly balance diet consisting of carbohydrates, proteins lipids, vitamins and minerals.
Looking to prepare a "fast" authentic African food? This is another choice.
The green plantain porridge recipe described here is as originally cooked in most traditional African settings. Most of the ingredients can be purchased online. Where not available, you can use alternatives easily found on major grocery shops. Such alternatives will be mentioned wre applicable.
Preparation Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 to 40 minutes
What to Do
Your green plantain porridge is ready to serve.
Some individuals will cook the plantain, after chopping it for 20 to 30 minutes, add salt and grounded crayfish, and then serve with boiled vegetable (spinach) and boiled fish. Always boil the plantain until it is really tender...as you like it.
You can prepare your green plantain porridge your own way, only limited by your imagination. What ever you do, make sure you enjoy your plantain meal, and include it as a regular part of your healthy diet.
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