Plantain Porridge

Servings 6

Plantain Porridge

Plantain porridge is popular in Nigerian. Plantains are simmered until tender in a flavorful broth along with assorted vegetables and sometimes fish, beans or meat.

45 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • Green plantains, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds -- 6
  • Onion, chopped -- 1
  • Ground dried crawfish or dried shrimp -- 1/3 cup
  • Red palm oil or vegetable oil -- 3 tablespoons
  • Broth or water -- 1 quart
  • Spinach, ugu (pumpkin) leaf, spinach or other greens, chopped -- 1 pound
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste


  1. Put the plantains, onion, dried crawfish or shrimp, broth or water and oil into a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high flame.
  2. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the plantains are nice and soft.
  3. Mash the plantain a little with a potato masher to lightly thicken the stew.
  4. Stir in the spinach, ugu leaf or other greens and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes to cook the greens through.
  6. Adjust seasoning and serve.
  7. Popular accompaniments include grilled or fried fish or chicken.

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