Plantain Moi Moi (Ukpo Ogede) is a delicious Nigerian recipe that was born out of plantain surplus. It is a great way to use up overripe plantains instead of throwing them away.
If I get a gold coin for the number of times that I’ve been asked ”What do I do with over ripe plantains”?, I‘ll be richer..LOL ☺.
So stop throwing away those over ripe plantains and enjoy this delicious plantain moi moi.
Over ripe plantains can also be used for making Plantain Pancake and Plantain Mosa .
Ingredients for Plantain Moi Moi(Ukpo Ogede)
– 2 medium sized over-ripe Plantains (don’t worry about the black skin,but be sure that the inside hasn’t gone bad. Ripe plantains can also be used)
– 200g Unripe plantain flour OR Corn Meal(cornflour)
– 1 Cooking spoonful Palm Oil/red stew oil/vegetable oil
– 1 Cooking spoonful ground Crayfish
– 1 Handful deboned boiled fish or fresh prawns (optional)
– 1 medium sized Onion bulb
– 2 seasoning cubes
– Pepper to taste
– Salt to taste
– Containers for pouring the Plantain moi moi (Uma/banana leaves, aluminium or plastic bowls)
Tip: in the absence of plantain flour, corn flour(corn meal) can be used as a substitute. The corn flour used here is ground whole maize and should not be confused with corn starch(used for ogi/akamu) which is also known as corn flour in some countries.
Cooking directions for Plantain Moi Moi(Ukpo Ogede)
– Place the unripe plantain flour (or corn meal) into a bowl, add a little warm water and mix the flour until you get a smooth paste. Set aside for later use.
-Next,Wash, peel and slice the over-ripe plantains. Blend the plantains with the crayfish, onions and pepper;Blend into a smooth paste and pour it into the bowl with the unripe plantain paste.Mix thoroughly and add a little warm water to get a lighter , but not watery consistency.
– Add the palm oil, stock cubes and salt to taste. Mix thoroughly.
– Next, scoop the plantain mixture into any container of choice , you can add the cooked fish or fresh prawns(if you are using any), then seal tight and set aside.
– Put a pot of water or steamer to boil. Place the containers into the pot&cook until the Plantain moi moi solidifies(You may have to add water to the pot from time to time, as it dries up).
This steaming process takes about 45mins to 1 hour
Take out the moi moi from the pot, leave to cool a bit; serve and enjoy.
Plantain Moi Moi(Ukpo Ogede) is usually eaten as a snack or as a meal with Pap(ogi/akamu), oat meal,Custard or Rice recipes.
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