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Recipe for Nigerian Plantain Pottage With Unripe Plantain

Eunice loves to cook food from her native Nigerian cuisine and share her recipes with others.

Plantain pottage with unripe plantain.

Plantain pottage with unripe plantain.

A Nutritious Dish

I'm not sure where the recipe for plantain pottage originated, but this dish is common in Nigeria. From the use of ground crayfish as a seasoning to the use of palm oil, the recipe is very local and authentic. Although it is inexpensive to prepare, it is highly nutritious. Unripe plantain is rich in iron, which makes this dish rich in iron, as well. Because of this, local tradition is to recommend this dish to pregnant women in order to boost the iron levels in their blood. This dish is also often prepared for growing children.

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20 min

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50 min

Serves two people

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  • 3 plantains, chopped
  • scent leaves, sliced (or substitute basil)
  • 2 cubes soy seasoning
  • 100 grams fish, smoked or dried
  • blended pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup crayfish, ground
  • 1/4 cup palm oil
  • 1/2 kilogram meat(optional), chopped


  1. Wash the fish and meat and put it in a pot. Add a little piece of stockfish for flavor. Season with salt, soy seasoning cubes and pepper. Cover the pot and set the heat to low. Leave to steam for about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour in 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add crayfish and stir.
  4. Add the chopped plantain. Allow to boil. Stir and taste for salt.
  5. Pour in palm oil. Cover and allow it to boil for about 10 minutes. Throw in the sliced scent leaves and stir. Cook for about 2 minutes more, then turn off the heat.
  6. Serve hot.
Some of the ingredients.

Some of the ingredients.

The chopped plantain.

The chopped plantain.

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