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Mama's Plantain Chowder Recipe

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Estella Dennis


•6 big green Plantains
•500 gram spinach or potato greens can be used as an alternative.
•5 table spoons full of Crayfish
•Smoked , iced or dry fish
•A measure of cow liver or kidney - easily gotten from the local butchery. Chicken breast fillets or chunks can be used instead.
•2 Maggi Cubes
•1 medium size diced onions
•5 table spoons of grounded Fresh pepper
•1 table spoonful of salt
•0.5 litre of palm oil. Olive or vegetable oil can be used too.

•Wash your un peeled green plantain in warm water first before you start.

•Holding the plantain down with one hand, cut off both ends.
•Remove the peel by making a vertical slit on the side of the fruit, about a quarter of a centimeter deep, just below the covering with a kitchen knife.
•Dip in water and allow to soak for about 5 minutes, this method is known to make the peel come off more easily.
•While plantain is soaked in water, pluck, wash and slice the spinach or potato green leaves if you are using one fresh from the farm.
•Then peel the plantain skin with you fingers or with the aid of a knife.
•Scrape a little part off each plantain into the pot to act as thickener. Instead, you may decide to chop about half a plantain and blend it into a paste as the thickener. Then slice the plantain into medium sized cubes and place into the cooking pot or sauce pan.
•Fill the pot with water till it covers the plantain slightly and bring to boil for about 10 to 20 minutes.
•Add dry fish if available at this point.
•Chop kidney or liver into tiny pieces and put into the pot. Alternatively, you could pre - boil chopped chicken breast meat, spiced with dried thyme leaves, onions and a few pinch of cooking salt, and add this to the plantain porridge instead of chopped kidney or liver.
•Add maggi cube, salt and pepper to taste, as well as crayfish, onions diced, and allow to boil on medium heat for about 10 – 15 minutes.
•Stir occasionally.
•Add palm oil, stir and cover for 5 minutes.
•Add spinach/potato green l leaves, stir, and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes.
•The chowder should now be soft with a thick creamy paste to the base.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
3 to 4
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
20 to 30 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Green plantain is rich in magnesium, Vitamins C, vitamin A, and iron. It is a source of the well documented "low GI carbohydrates" which can help in weight control, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, hypertension and a few other medical conditions




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