Unripe Plantain Swallow is also known as Plantain Amala or Plantain Fufu. I am accustomed to the old method of buying dried unripe plantains from my local market, grinding them to fine powder and cooking/turning it into a solid paste that looks like this picture below. The drying process of unripe plantains makes it look like (colour wise) the picture below.
Unripe plantain swallow is my favourite Nigeria swallow but to be frank it has one of the most unattractive food colour ever.
However, with this method, colour is no longer a turn off. I am very new to this method of making unripe plantain swallow. My dad and mum told me to try it out (They weren't sure it will turn out great) and I gave it a go.
- Turning Stick
- 3 unripe medium size plantains
- 3/4 cup of water
Total Time: 20 mins for fast cooks / 35 mins for beginners
How To Prepare
- Chop peeled plantain into smaller pieces for easier blending
|I put the chopped plantain in water while peeling the rest to allow it retain it's moisture and prevent it from getting discoloured|
- When the plantain puree begins to boil, take you turning stick and begin to turn carefully
Note: Take necessary breaks if needed when turning. Puree might appear lumpy when turning but don't worry about it. Continuous turning and mashing will eliminate the lumps eventually.
|The lumps I mentioned that will eventually smoothen|
- Turn until you achieve the smooth swallow/solid-like texture you desire
- Add 1/4 cup of boiled hot water and cover to steam for about 2-3 minutes
- Turn again
|Turn till I get a solid paste|
- Turn again
- It is a DIY that doesn't require a lot of processing/time to get your unripe plantain to your end result
- It tastes fresh and good
- It has a nice colour
- It doesn't pass through many unknown handlers, hands and markets
I haven't tried it with ripe plantain yet. This is because I think the sugar content will be high and the starch content will be lower, so it might not hold well but I might be wrong Although anyone can try it and tell me how it turned out.