Quite simply one of the most popular food pairing/combo in the entire Nigerian cuisine pantry. Beans and plantain offer a really nutritionally balanced and great tasting dish.
I love the simplicity and frugality of this combo and whether you like your beans all well mashed up, cooked plain with added pepper sauce or stewed in a thin sauce, it always catches my attention.
Here I share one of my earliest well presented beans and dodo dish, encouraging you to try some out
See a full recipes of my popular beans and dodo dishes
You also need two ripe plantains.
Ensure that the beans have been picked to remove all traces of chaff, stones and other debris. Rinse in fresh water about twice. Pour the beans into a large pressure cooker and add enough water to cook them, about 1 litre (or more as you prefer). Also add the chopped onions and some salt. Cover the pressure cooker and cook beans for about 25 minutes (or until beans become just soft to the touch). Then turn off the heat and carefully open the pressure cooker. Add the Jollof cooking sauce to the beans and return the pressure cooker (un-covered) to the stove and cook under low heat for about 5 minutes. Stir well. Finally add the oil and stir in. taste for salt. Simmer until ready to serve.
Simultaneously, peel the yam and rinse well to rid it of any soil from the skin. Cut yam into small chunks and place in another large pot. Add the chopped onions some salt and the Jollof cooking sauce. Cover the yam and allow to cook for about 20 minutes under high heat until yam becomes soft. Then turn the heat down and add the oil. Cook under low hit for another 5 minutes and mash up the yam with a wooden spoon. Mash up the yam and ensure there are no large yam lumps. Continue to simmer until you are ready to serve.
Thinly slice the plantain across its width and shallow fry for about 5 minutes. Drain excess oil and set aside until served
In a large dish, spoon some of the cooked beans and spread evenly, then follow with the mashed yam. Finally layer the fried plantain in a circular manner. You're done!!! Serve with a crisp side salad. And may I remind you to watch your portion. Enjoy!!!