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Plantain Pottage Recipe

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A plate of plantain pottage

A plate of plantain pottage

Ever wondered any other way, you could garnish your plantain?. Sure eating plantains could give you potassium,fiber, vitamins and magnesium, but trying other ways to eat them could provide you more nutrients and be more interesting.

I could remember growing up to just boiling and frying plantains each time we have a bunch. That was was put an end to the day I discovered plantain pottage.

Well, plantain pottage could be a nice way to. It is an African dish, popular in the western part of Africa. It is made with unripe plantains(green ones), along with other ingredients. It is made up of protein, vitamin C, A, B-6 and other minerals like potassium, which helps the circulatory system, aids easy bowel movement and proper functioning of the heart. It is mostly eaten in small gatherings with close friends and families, but rarely used for occasions and events.

We'll be looking at an easy recipe in the preparation of plantain pottage.


To prepare your plantain pottage, the following utensils should be available.

  • a cooking pot
  • 2 clean bowls
  • a knife
  • a soup spoon
  • masher/turning stick
  • chopping board
  • burner/ gas cooker.

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  • 4 bulbs onions
  • 4 scotch bonnet
  • 2 cayenne
  • 6 crayfish, grinded
  • crayfish, unground
  • basil leaves
  • 6 plantains
  • 1 litre palm oil
  • water
  • curry powder
  • thyme
  • seasoning powder or cubes
  • powdered pepper, (optional)


  1. Peel and slice or dice your plantains on your chopping board. Wash the sliced plantains into a clean water. Wash them into a clean pot and add water, place it on your burner.
  2. Slice one of the onions and add a little salt to it. Cover the pot with its lid and let it boil for 5 minutes
  3. while your plantains boil, wash your peppers and grind them along with the remaining onions and basil leaves. It is not necessary to grind the basil leaves with the peppers, you could slice it into the dish later on.
  4. Carefully wash your crayfishes and stock fishes to remove stones and dirts.
  5. Get and wash your turning stick or masher (for easier use), while your plantains simmer up together with other ingredients inside the pot for another 3 minutes.
  6. By now, your plantains should have been bolied, add the palm oil and ground peppers into it, followed by the crayfishes ( both ground and unground) and stock fishes. Cover the pot and let it boil for another 2 minutes. At times, it is not compulsory to have fresh peppers,. If you have powdered pepper, you are good to go.
  7. Add your seasonings and salt to taste, after the 2 minutes and stir.
  8. Sprinkle some thyme and curry to your taste on the meal.
  9. Open your pot, and taste the sauce in the pot so as to adjust the seasonings and salt to your taste and satisfaction.
  10. Use your masher or turning stick on the dish, pressing it down lightly, to prevent it from turning it into paste.
  11. Stir lightly again and add little water, while on burner. Let it cook for few seconds before removing from burner.
  12. Then and there, the dish is done and ready to be served. N.B: Always add little water while cooking, to prevent the meal from getting fried instead.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

40 min

20 min

1 hour

Serves two people two plates of plantain pottage.


1: When adding the ingredients, make sure you are not adding tomatoes and your seasonings does not contain it, as tomatoes could make it go sour.

2: Make sure your fishes or stock fishes are properly deboned, to prevent bones from getting stuck in a child's or your throat.

3: For ulcers patient (stomach ulcers), it is not compulsory to use the amount of pepper mentioned. You can adjust it to your own comfortable amount.

4: It was mentioned above to add water to your pottage to aid the proper and easy digestion and prevent the pottage from getting fried on preparation.

  • This dish can be eaten alone, without any other side dish or dishes along with a fruit juice.
  • Enjoy your meal with either a fork or spoon. This dish is made from plantains which would require digestion. so, when adding it to the menu, it is advisable to eat this as dinner when you would have time to relax after eating or during weekends morning, as breakfast with your family.

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