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Posted on: November 4th, 2014 | by:

[SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA] The diversity of African cultures is a testament to its size, population and history.  Each region asserts itself on grounds of language, beliefs and even physical traits; but, when we step into the kitchen of any African home, there is one common feature – plantain. Plantains are one of, if not the essential staple in Africa. Why shouldn’t they be? Plantains are easy to prepare. They can be eaten ripe (sweet) or unripe (savoury). They flourish in humid, tropical climates. They are also affordable. To top things off, plantains are low in fat and high in dietary fibre.  Africa Food Daily took a peek into the ‘kitchens’ of several African homes and was bowled over by the creativity and ingenuity with which plantains are prepared. Take a look at what we discovered and chances are, after reading this blog, you’ll be in the kitchen whipping up your favorite plantain dish! What would that be?

Northeastern Congolese Lokele Lituman (pounded plantain balls eaten with fish and stew) Image Source-  http://www.marga.org

Northeastern Congolese Lokele Lituman (pounded plantain balls eaten with fish and stew)
Image Source- http://www.marga.org

Ghanaian Tatale (ginger-seasoned plantain fritters). Served with black eyed beans stew. Image Source- http://sahanimagazine.com

Ghanaian Tatale (ginger-seasoned plantain fritters). Served with black eyed beans stew.
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Ivorian Aloko (fried plantain served as a side or main dish with grilled fish and tomato sauce) Image Source- http://www.likeresto.fr

Ivorian Aloko (fried plantain served as a side or main dish with grilled fish and tomato sauce)
Image Source- http://www.likeresto.fr

Tanzanian Supu Ya Ndizi (Plantain soup – a warm starter to any meal)

Tanzanian Supu Ya Ndizi (Plantain soup – a warm starter to any meal) Image Source- http://lukemusicfactory.blogspot.fr

Eastern Nigeria’s Ukpo Egede or Moin Moin (‘a savoury plantain pudding’ cooked in banana leaves) Image Source- http://www.nairaland.com

Eastern Nigeria’s Ukpo Egede or Moin Moin (‘a savoury plantain pudding’ cooked in banana leaves)
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Liberian Rice-bread Image Source- http://recipiesfromovertheworld.blogspot.fr

Liberian Rice-bread
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Togolese Plantain fufu et sauce arachide (pounded plantain and spicy peanut soup) Image Source- http://www.mytripblog.org

Togolese Plantain fufu et sauce arachide (pounded plantain and spicy peanut soup) Image Source- http://www.mytripblog.org

Nigerian Kekefia Unripe Plantain Porridge http://www.wivestownhallconnection.com

Nigerian Kekefia Unripe Plantain Porridge
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Image Source-http://campusdining.blogspot.fr/ Cameroonian Poulet Directeur General (DG)

Cameroonian Poulet Directeur General (DG) Image Source-http://campusdining.blogspot.fr

Ghanaian kelewele Image Source- http://timinghana.wordpress.com

Ghanaian kelewele
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Seychelles’ Ladob Banan Image Source- http://pinterest.com

Seychelles’ Ladob Banan
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Ivorian Pain de banane plantain Image Source- http://sahanimagazine.com

Ivorian Pain de banane plantain
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Equatorial Guinean Platano Macho Frito (plantain deep fried in red palm oil) Image Source-http://www.celtnet.org.uk

Equatorial Guinean Platano Macho Frito (plantain deep fried in red palm oil)
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 Nigerian Dodo Oni-Yeri Image Source- ttps://www.facebook.com

Nigerian Dodo Oni-Yeri
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Plantain Chips Image Source- http://costaricachica.wordpress.com

Plantain Chips (thin slices of fried unripe plantain eaten alone or with a sweet or spicy dip)
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Tanzanian Ndizi Na Yama (Plantains cooked with beef curry and coconut milk) Image Source- http://lukemusicfactory.blogspot.fr

Tanzanian Ndizi Na Yama (Plantains cooked with beef curry and coconut milk)
Image Source- http://lukemusicfactory.blogspot.fr

Ugandan Matoke (plantains steamed in their leaves until tender; eaten with or without meat) Image Source- http://news.travelhouseuk.co.uk

Ugandan Matoke (plantains steamed in their leaves until tender; eaten with or without meat)
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Malawian Zituwmba (plantain fritters made from a cornmeal batter) Image Source- http://www.justbestrecipes.com

Malawian Zituwmba (plantain fritters made from a cornmeal batter)
Image Source- http://www.justbestrecipes.com

Tanzanian Ndizi Kanga (fried plantain sprinkled brown sugar and cinnamon) Image Source- http://www.madeinkitchen.tv

Tanzanian Ndizi Kanga (fried plantain sprinkled brown sugar and cinnamon)
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Congolese Makala  Ma Missolé (ripe plantain doughnuts – eaten as a snack or with any meal) Image Source- http://paradisdusoleil.skyrock.com

Congolese Makala Ma Missolé (ripe plantain doughnuts – eaten as a snack or with any meal)
Image Source- http://paradisdusoleil.skyrock.com

Burundian Haricots au plantain (Beans & plantain - a blend of kidney beans and plantains cooked in red palm oil)  Image Source- http://www.savourezlemonde.com

Burundian Haricots au plantain (Beans & plantain – a blend of kidney beans and plantains cooked in red palm oil)
Image Source- http://www.savourezlemonde.com

East Africa’s Mtori Image Source- http://foodforfasting.com

East Africa’s Mtori
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Written by Mary Krow Loanga-Balamba. After a legal career in London, Mary relocated  Paris where she lectures at a university. Find her on Twitter @MaKuisine
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