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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Green Plantain Porridge Dish

Green Plantain Porridge Dish

Green Plantain Porridge Dish


Green Plantain Porridge topped with summer fruit
Green Plantain Porridge topped with summer fruit

Green Plantain Porridge as traditional African food as it gets. This ultimate African food recipe is a welcomed sight on a lazy Saturday morning.




Green Plantain Porridge


Ingredients
3 green plantains
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole milk
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup raw sugar      
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 cups water


Directions
Cut off the tips of each plantain and make an incision along the whole length of the banana. Slowly slide your thumb along the incision and remove the skin. Chop the plantain place into blender. Add flour and ½ cup water blend for 2 minutes until smooth (add more water if needed). Bring the remaining cups of water to boil in a large saucepan reduce to medium heat. Add the plantain mixture to the boiling water and stir for about 3 minutes or until smooth. Add remaining ingredients. Let porridge simmer for about 15 minutes serve warm.



Bananas and Plantains what is the difference



Bananas
Bananas are cultivated in nearly all tropical regions of the world. Of particular importance to Africa is the East African Highland Banana which is a staple starchy food for 80 million people and important source of income. There are 120 East African Highland Banana varieties in Uganda alone that are not found anywhere else in the world.

Banana are grown in nearly 130 countries. Uganda is the largest producer of banana and plantain in sub-Saharan Africa followed by Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon. Ugandans use the same word for food as the name of the local banana dish matooke. Bananas are one of the most popular fruits eaten around the world. When ripe they are usually long and curved with a soft inside and are around 80% water.

Plantains

Plantain resemble banana but are longer in length, have a thicker skin, and contain more starch less sugar and are around 65% water. They are also a major staple food in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. 

They are usually cooked and not eaten raw unless they are very ripe. Plantains are more important in the humid lowlands of West and Central Africa. One hundred or more different varieties of plantain grow deep in the African rainforests.

More than 100 different varieties of plantain grow in the African rainforests.


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