I wonder if you have children that hate eating beans the way some of us did back then. What made beans worse for me then was the yam that was always added to it. It was a chore for me to chew yam, but not so hard when you get to eat it with plain palm oil (pray you aren’t caught eating that).
Though not much loved then, I sometimes enjoyed it when it was cooked in a particular way. My mum always fried the crayfish and other ingredients in palm oil before adding it to the beans, rather than just adding them right into the boiling beans. The flavour of the former is always distinct and also more delicious although more tasking to prepare as i thought in my young mind then.
I am making today’s beans and
yam plantain pottage the way I was taught. The flavour of the fried sauce with the sweetness of plantain would convert some young ones to start liking it.
Beans and Plantain Pottage Recipe
- 2 cups Beans (brown or black-eyed variety)
- 1 medium sized ripe Plantain (cut into cubes)
- 1 medium sized Onions (sliced and chopped)
- 1 cooking spoon Crayfish (ground)
- 2 cooking spoons Palm Oil
- 1 Seasoning cube
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Chopped Ugu leaves (spinach or kale can be substituted)
- 4 or more cups Water for cooking the beans.
- Pick your beans, make sure you remove all stones/pod remnants and wash thoroughly. The greatest turn off when eating beans is chewing a piece of stone and debris.
- Boil the beans in water with seasoning cube and a little onions until it is soft and almost done. Add the diced plantain to the beans to cook till both are well done. Don’t allow all the water to dry up completely because you will need it to help the pottage remain moist and soft.
- Meanwhile, put a saucepan on medium heat and pour the palm oil. Add the remaining onions and fry to soften, then add the ground crayfish and pepper.
- Stir and allow the sauce combine till you perceive that fragrant smell and the foaming sauce.
- Pour the sauce into the beans, add vegetables, combine and put on low heat to cook till the vegetable is cooked. Check and adjust for taste.
- Dish and serve warm.