Beans and plantain Porridge – Beans Recipe

Beans recipe

Nigerian Beans and plantain Porridge is a delicious one-pot dish that is cheap, easy-to-cook, and healthy at the same time. I really like the taste of porridge beans recipe especially when it is made with ripe plantain; and I love cooking it the traditional way of adding the plantains into the porridge beans.

Beans naturally are a good source of plant protein, fiber, vitamin B, and Iron. This dish is highly sort after food among vegetarians and bodybuilders. Trust our Nigerian mothers they so much believe that porridge beans are very nutritious and will make the child grow taller, so they make sure you always have some good portion of pottage beans accompany with a side dish of fried plantain, yam, potato, bread, Garri, pap, and the likes. 

Beans is a legume, which is known to be very rich in protein, yet low in fat, more than any other known vegetable seed, making it a great addition to a healthy diet. However, for those on a weight loss plan that wants to cut down calories, beans calories are not really high but other food ingredients used in making the dish might end up increasing the calorie content.

Why can’t you eat a plantain raw?

The reason why most people don’t eat plantain raw is because it doesn’t digest easily and not good for your health too. However, the unripe/green plantains can be cooked into a healthy delicacy such as plantain chips, Tostones, unripe plantain porridge, and so on. While bananas are usually eaten raw when it’s ripe.

Is Beans and Plantain a Good Combination?

Beans and plantain recipe is a healthy diet and a perfect combination of protein and carbohydrate food with enough fiber. More especially the green plantains commonly refer to as unripe plantain; they are rich in potassium, magnesium, vitamin A and K.

Homemade beans and ripe plantain pottage is a dish you can never go wrong with while cooking.

How to Make Beans without Palm Oil

Basically, cooking beans without palm oil is very easy; all ingredients needed will be present except that you will not add palm oil to the food. The beans still taste sweet even without palm oil.

How do You Make Soft Beans Recipe

Though cooking beans normally takes time, if you use a pressure pot, it will significantly reduce the time of cooking and the bean will be completely soft. In other to make a very soft bean some people use Kaun, Akanwa potash to make it soft.

Is parboiling Beans Good?

It is good to parboil your beans first and discard the water before proper cooking commences, it helps reduce the gas associated with beans as well as reduces blotting. Similarly, some often ask what happen if you don’t soak beans before cooking? The answer is this, certainly, nothing happens rather there are different ways of cooking beans and that is one of such methods.

The Nigerian beans recipe is as follows; black beans porridge recipe, Oloyin beans, and Honey beans recipe.

How to make Beans and Plantain Porridge – Beans Recipe


  • 2 cups beans ( Black eye pea or brown beans)
  • 2 ripe plantains
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tablespoon crayfish
  • 2 cooking spoons palm oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper or 6 pcs fresh pepper (Atarodo)
  • 2 seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste


  1. First of all, before making beans in Nigeria, pick to remove any particles, wash and parboil for like 10 minutes, drain the water, thereafter, return back to your pot and start cooking to tender.
  2. Secondly, wash and slice the onions, set aside, ground the fresh pepper and crayfish.
  3. Thirdly, wash then peel the plantain skin, dice to your desired shape and size
  4. Finally, stir in all ingredients to the cooked beans, starting with the sliced plantains, palm oil, pepper, onions, crayfish, seasoning cubes, salt; and water that will be at the same level with the plantain. Cover and allow cooking untill the water is almost dry.

At this point, stir your beans with plantain then taste for salt before putting off the heat, allow resting for about 5 minutes.

Serve and Enjoy!

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