So if you noticed, I have been off for a while since Covid-19 hit Nigeria. It came with some changes in my life and sometimes when I am anxious, I go into Isolation (I become mute and keep to myself a lot) and that was what happened. I began to podcast at some point in the midst of this and you may check my podcast episodes here- Authentic Moments with Dr Bola Podcast
Now here is what I have been up to in these days of Lockdown, apart from the Podcasting, is Cooking and I thought I should share these moments on the Blog as well.
What you will need
-Very soft, blackened plantains,
– 1 and half cups yellow cornmeal/semovita
-1 cup milk
-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
-4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted melted butter or oil (like 4 spoons of oil)
-1 small sweet onion, chopped
-3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
-1 teaspoons full of salt
-1 egg or 2 yolks
How to go about it.
-Mash the plantains in a large bowl with a masher(you may use a potato masher) until slightly chunky.
You may also blend it if you have a blender. I mixed and blended mine in the blender.
-Add the cornmeal/semovita, buttermilk/evaporated milk, flour, butter/oil, crayfish(optional),onion,
pepper, ginger and salt and mash and stir with the masher until combined but still slightly chunky.
-Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes or just allow to sit in a cool place.
-Then, Put a large non-stick griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat;
-brush with some of the oil. In my case, I dipped my spoon into a bowl with vegetable oil and scooped a little which I now scantily poured in the pan.
– Using a large scoop, ladle 1/2 cup of the plantain batter onto the griddle/pan and spread it into a 4 1/2-inch circle.
-Make as many pancakes as you can, leaving some space between each. Griddle/fry the pancakes until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
-Transfer to the sieve to drain any excess oil.
-Repeat with the remaining oil and batter until all the batter is used. Then Serve as you would like.
3 Reasons why Plantain Cakes
– They are economical.
During this lockdown period, it will be good to judiciously use your food resources at home and you can definitely put that overripe, almost spoilt plantain to good use by transforming it into Plantain Pancakes.
– They are easy to make.
Once your ingredients are all set on the table with a large bowl & masher or blender by the side, you are good to go. All that remains is pouring the ingredients in and mashing or blending it till you have the thickness required and then you fry/griddle your pancakes and Voila, your meal is ready. So anyone could make it. Even a beginner in cooking or a male/female who despises cooking.
-They are sweet and could be served with various meals
You won’t understand what I am saying till you try it out. A trial will convince you as they normally advertise. Lol. If you want to achieve a rich taste, you may add cinnamon powder (1/2 teaspoon) or you may add Pepper or sardine beef or corn-beef to the batter.
Plantain Pancakes can be served with Custard, Cornflakes or Ogi(Corn drink). You can eat it with mashed beans, canned beans, jam or ketchup as you want.
If you are going to try this out, kindly let me know in the comment section below.