- Unripe plantain Flour400 GramsChili Pepper
- Red Chili Pepper4 Pieces
- Onion1 Pieces
- Crayfish1 Tablespoons
- Palm Oil (optional)
- Salt / Seasoning cube
- Chili Powder1 Teaspoons
- Banana leavesFor wrapping
How to make Plantain Pudding Ukpo Ogede
Plantain pudding, otherwise called plantain moi moi and locally called “Ukpo Ogede” is a delicacy that has its origins from the south eastern part of Nigeria.
1. In a bowl, add the plantain flour, a little water and mix until you get a thick paste. Transfer to a blender, add the peppers, onions and crayfish and blend all together. If it’s too thick add just a little more water enough to get the blender blades rolling. It’s important to be conscious of the amount of the water you add because if you add too much, the pudding will turn out watery.
2. Transfer the blended paste to another bowl, season with salt and seasoning cube and mix thoroughly. This is also where you add palm oil if you want your pudding to have a little colour. Then scoop the batter or paste into the banana leaves and wrap. In the absence of banana leaves or if you are not familiar with banana leaves and the process of wrapping, you can use bowls. Just scoop the paste into any bowl and cover. Be sure to not fill it up to the brim otherwise when cooking it may spill over.
3. Add some water to a pot and line it with banana leaves. Then add the wraps and allow it to cook for about 25 to 30 minutes. Be sure to periodically check the level of water in the pot to ensure it doesn’t dry up.
Your plantain pudding is done. Serve with pap/akamu/ogi.
This recipe was made using only unripe plantain flour and no palm oil, hence the colour of the pudding.
There are other variations of this recipe where overripe plantain and palm oil is used in addition to plantain flour. The colour of the pudding looks just like moi moi and it tastes sugary. If you are diabetic or just generally super health conscious, you can try this variation. It is healthier, just as delicious and doesn't taste as sugary as the other variation.
For other Pudding Recipes, check out this delicious Corn Pudding and Bean Pudding (Moin Moin) recipes. Links down below.