Unripe Plantain Porridge

Unripe Plantain Porridge

This is a delicious African delicacy made with unripe ( green ) plantains with a hint of ripe plantains to sweeten it. It is insanely delicious and I hope you give it a try. My kids love it. Enjoy!!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Nigerian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 222kcal
Author Chichi Uguru


  • 6 fingers of unripe plantain
  • 1 finger semi ripe or ripe plantain
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 1 habenero pepper
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 1 cup Palm oil
  • salt / bouillon powder to taste
  • 2-3 handful kale leaves optional
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of coarsely ground crayfish


  • Peel the ripe plantain, chop into cubes and set aside.
  • Peel the unripe plantains*, chop into cubes and put in a pot filled with 8 cups of water then place over a lit up stove and start cooking
  • Chop half of 1 onion and add to the pot  with 1/2 cup of crayfish and bouillon powder to taste. Allow to cook.
  • While you wait, chop up onions and pepper and prepare my ultimate onion-pepper medley sauce recipe here.
  • About 10 mins into the cook time, add the diced ripe plantain into the pot.
  • 2 mins to the end of cooking time, add the chopped red bell pepper and mix in the onion-pepper sauce, stir and taste for seasoning. Adjust accordingly.
  • If you chose to use green vegetables like kale or spinach, this is the time to add it.
  • Stir and turn off the heat.  Food is ready. Enjoy


*Sometimes unripe plantains can be tricky to peel the skins. Here's what I do. Refer to picture below to visualize it. Cut off the two ends then make 5 vertices slits from too to bottom and pull. Easy Peasy ?
Unripe Plantain Porridge