Unripe plantain porridge is basically another way of cooking green plantains in Nigerian; plantains are staple food in most part of the world, green plantains contain quite a number of healing properties compared to the ripe ones.
Cooking green plantains by steaming, frying or boiling is a healthy and delicious dish especially for those with diabetic conditions, likewise, nutritious food for the elderly and infants.
Homemade unripe plantain porridge is a tasty delicacy that can be eaten by everyone irrespective of their age; African plantain recipe is just another vegan recipe.
Nigerian unripe plantain porridge is very easy to cook and served for either breakfast, lunch or a good dinner idea for the family.
Unripe plantains are usually firm, less sugary and starchy unlike dessert banana, so they are mostly cooked or processed before eaten. It is also called cooking banana.
Cooking Green Plantains Health Benefits
Nutritious: – Green plantains are rich source of fiber, low in complex carbohydrates, contains potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin A, C, and B6 which are easily digested in the body, meanwhile, is also a rich source of antioxidants and great immune booster.
Improves Digestion:- the fiber content promotes good bowel movement and also prevents constipation, consuming a high fiber diet reduces the risk hemorrhoids and diverticular diseases.
Lowers blood sugar:– cooking green plantains is a perfect diabetic food since it contains low carb, rich in iron, potassium and other vitamins and minerals required for optimal functioning of the body and keeps the blood sugar low. However, the fiber keeps them full thereby reducing craving among diabetic persons, in the same vein, helps maintain a good cholesterol level which in turn reduces the risk of any heart-related disease.
Weight control:- for those on weight loss plan this is just the best low carb diet that can help you maintain a good weight.
How to cook unripe plantain porridge
- 4 medium-sizes unripe plantains
- ½ kg chicken or beef (optional)
- 1 lager onion
- 2 tablespoons ground crayfish
- 2 pieces smoked fish
- 4 scotch bonnet pepper or dry ground pepper (atarodo)
- 2 cooking spoonful palm oil
- 2 cubes seasoning
- Salt to taste
- 1 cup scent leaves or pumpkin leaves (ugu)
Method of cooking green plantains
- First, wash the chicken, place in a pot after that, spice with seasoning, salt, onions, and little quantity of water and cook for 20 minutes.
- Wash your plantains trim both edges, peel off the skin and cut into small cubes, secondly, wash your scent leaves or pumpkin leaves and finely slice also set aside, thirdly, clean the smoked fish wash and keep aside too.
- The chicken is almost done by now, add more water in the pot, pour in cut plantains, add in your pepper, crayfish, onions, seasoning cubes, smoked fish, salt, and palm oil after that return to the heat and cook for 10 minutes.
- Stir taste for salt and finally add the vegetables stir, cover and allow simmering for 10 seconds and off the heat, I don’t cook my vegetables for long because I love them fresh greenish in color.
Serve with a fruit drink and enjoy!