After returning to London from a quick holiday back home to Lagos in Nigeria, I woke up on a Saturday morning craving Nigerian food. Plantain to be specific. I had several thoughts in my head of what my ideal dish would be and how amazing it would taste but I didn’t have a set recipe or a name for it. I just thought to put all the things I wanted to eat together and pray it turned out okay. I decided to name the dish “Plantain Party”!
So I laid out all my ingredients and began to do my favourite thing: Cooking!
As I mentioned above, there isn’t a set recipe for this and you can make it according to your preference and use whatever you want really, the only thing that has to be included is the plantain. Of course.
Enjoy your plantain party!
Photos by : Didun Hassan- Odukale
1-2 Plantains cut up in a round/circular shape
1 Red pepper chopped up
1 Yellow pepper chopped up
Half of a green pepper chopped up
1 very hot chilli pepper chopped up
1-2 Celery sticks finely chopped into thin slices
Half of an onion ( optional)
1 whole baby chicken chopped into little pieces ( with the bone)
A handful of prawns
Black Pepper and Salt to taste
Chilli Pepper Paste
Season your chicken with salt and black pepper, and put in the oven to cook until browned or fully cooked. Alternatively, you can fry the chicken as long as the pieces are small enough! ( I grilled mine). When cooked set aside.
Heat a medium sized pan with some olive oil and fry all your veg together until cooked to your preference, add in the prawns and cook till done. ( don’t overcook)!
In another pan, heat with enough oil to fry your plantain. Alternatively, you could use a deep fryer if you have one or grill for a healthier option.
Combine the plantain into the veg mix and add in your chicken, stir together nicely.
Finally, add a tablespoon of Harissa paste and 1 teaspoon of chilli paste ( add more if you like spicy food) and stir.
You can make this your own way and add whatever you want. It’s the mixture of all the flavours that make this dish so exciting!