Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Plantain moi moi (Ukpo Ogede)

Do you throw away overripe plantains? If you are one of those that do, i'm sure after this post that'd be a thing of the past.
Ukpo Ogede "Plantain Moi moi" is a popular dish in the eastern part of Nigeria. it's a sweet savory steamed dish made with over ripe plantains especially those with black skins (As long as it isn't rotten on the inside) so they don't go to waste. To make it less sweet and to thicken a little bit, Unripe plantain flour is usually added to achieve this. Plantains contain a high amount of dietary fiber, vitamin C , vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, folates, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine and also adequate levels of minerals such as iron, magnesium, Potassium, and phosphorous which has so many Nutritional health benefits in the body.
The exact type of Over ripe plantain usually used for this dish
How to make plantain moi moi (Ukpo ogede)
Prep Time:
  20 mins
Cook time: 25-30mins
Makes:       12 wraps (Uma leaves) & 25 with Cup cake tins

Ingredients:::
•3 Scotch bonnets "Ata Rodo "
•1/3 large Red Onion
• Crayfish, Ground
•2 cooking spoons Palm Oil
• Salt to taste
 1 Seasoning cube
• 1 Smoked fish - Optional but worth it

Containers for Wrapping:::
• Uma Leaves / Aluminium Foil / Plastic moi moi bowls / Moi moi tins. For this, i used Queen cup cake tins to steam the moi moi but in the video, i made use of Uma leaves. 


Preparation:
• If you are using Uma leaves, Wash thoroughly with salted water and a foam sponge. Cut off the stalk (you'd need it) and set both the leaves and the stalk aside. If you are using plastic plates or moi moi tins, wash and set aside.

• For the smoked fish, Wash and remove the bones from the fish. Shred and set aside.



Directions :::
Step 1: Wash the plantains thoroughly and slice open. Dice into small bits - Set Aside

Step 2: Wash the Scotch bonnets and Onion, place in the blender. Add a little water, just enough to make the blades move and blend till smooth. Add the diced ripe plantains and blend till smooth - Set aside


Step 3: Pour the unripe plantain flour into a Medium sized bowl, add a little water and stir into a thick paste. Add the Salt, Crayfish, Shredded smoked fish, Seasoning cube and Gently pour the Blended plantain mixture into the bowl and mix thoroughly. Finally, add the Palm oil and stir to incorporate the mixture.

Step 4: In a medium sized pot, gently arrange the stalks/sticks of the uma leaves to form a stick bed. Add Some water just enough to reach the level of the sticks in the pot.

Step 5: Get two uma leaves and fold into the conical moi moi shape. Fold the end of the cone and scoop spoons full of the plantain mixture into the uma leaves. Seal and place the wraps on top of the sticks within the pot. Cover the pot with about two leaves. 


* If you are using other containers such as cup cake tins, you wouldn't need to arrange the stalk in the pot as a base. Just scoop the plantain mixture into the tins, cover with a foil paper and place in the pot. Add just enough water halfway through the first layer of the tins within the pot. Cover the pot and place on the burner

Step 6: Turn on the burner and leave to steam for about 25-30 minutes while adding water intermittently during the time frame.

Step 7: To check if it's done, insert a knife through one of the wraps and if it comes out clean it's done. Turn off the burner and serve.


This meal can be served with pap/ akamu, Custard, Oats or any Beverage.


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33 comments:

  1. Love this! One I will try :)

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    1. d keep us posted tommie ;)

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  2. OmogeNaija10:41 pm

    Aww, the way you explained ehn, no one can miss it, I will try this, but can I use baking flour if I don't have plantain flour?

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    1. Hi Omoge, you could substitute with corn meal instead.

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  3. I love you Dobby. Love!

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    1. Love you too siraj :)

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  4. adadioranma10:42 pm

    I've always craved 4 a food blog. You just won a huge fan. Need I say i'd try this? I definitely would. I love :)

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    1. Yayy!!! Thanks adadioranma. Do stay in touch :)

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  5. Tnx dob. Muaah �� . always make trying new recipes so easy.

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    1. you are welcome quin :)

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  6. Plantain moi moi? Haha, I used to think we - my siblings & I - coined that phrase. My mum came up with that recipe when I was a kid, & it quickly became the family's fav. We nicknamed it 'plantain moi moi' cos even my mum didn't have a name for it. Nice dish. #nostalgia

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    1. lol! it sure is. Thanks for stopping by sommie :)

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  7. I love your concepts.. I am going to add you to the blogs I am following right away. There are so much to learn here. stumbled on this blog today and I have been reading ur posts..Thanks abunch!

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    1. you are most welcome Hazons.

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  8. chioma ojike12:28 pm

    Dobbyyyy, u r d best!!..bin thinkin hw 2 prepare ds....I luv ur xplanatns...soo direct*Hugs*

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    1. Thanks chioma :) *Big Hug*

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  9. Anonymous5:49 pm

    Lovely blog. what alternative can one use for palm oil?

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    1. Ground nut oil could be used.

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  11. Dobby,can I use a transparent nylon bag in d absence of an uma leaf cause I really wanna try it but not sure where I can get d leaves.

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    1. Hi Lilian,
      yes you can use the transparent nylon bag as a substitute but preferably moi moi tins would be better.

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  12. Anonymous3:52 pm

    Can unripe plantain be grated and used instead of plantain flour

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    1. The aim of using plantain flour is to thicken the mixture as well as reduce the sweetness. Since it's in powdered for, it does the job well unlike unripe plantain.

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  13. Stella Ehieze2:48 am

    i just ran into ur blog accidentally but i thank God i did...i have never heard of plantain moi moi before, d way u took tym to explain how to prepare it made me fell in love with d food. I will surely try it out. Thanks sweetie, u just won a big fan

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    1. Awww!!! Thanks stella :)

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  14. Anonymous1:36 pm

    God bless you o. Ah! I had this when I was in boarding school and it was my fav. Just last week I was telling y husband abt it but I did have a clue how to make it or who to ask. And u got the name right UKPO OGEDE! Dalu rinne! Chukwu gozie gi o. I don't even know how I came on this blog but I'm going nowhere. Ur explanations are so clear, the pictures are very illustrating, one can't miss a thing. Keep it up. #thenextbestthing#

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    1. Daalu!!! God blees you too Anonymous1:36 :)

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  15. Great work with your blog just came across it on nairaland, people like you motivate me. Kudos and God bless u.. Hope 2 see u on Food Network one day.

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    1. amen! Thanks ephir :) and God bless you too

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  16. My mum was just telling me last week about how she used to eat this as a kid! I will definitelynot be throwing out any unripe plantain again. I usually use them in beans or porridge if I don't throw them out.

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    1. You'd definitely love it once you try it out ;)

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  17. Anonymous1:16 pm

    Please where can one get d unripe plantain flour

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    1. Anonymous4:16 am

      They sell it in the local market. you can also buy unripe plantain, dry and grind it till is becomes a smooth powder. that is plantain flour.

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