Call it baby’s first plantain porridge and you are right. Plantain is part of our delicious Nigerian cuisine and can be fed to babies as a weaning meal.
Ripe plantain can easily be mashed up once cooked and fed alone or with other foods to older babies. Cut ripe or unripe plantain into strips or circles, season with spices and bake or fry them to make a simple and healthy finger food for your toddler. It is also a good way to encourage baby-led weaning.
Ripe plantain contains a lot of essential vitamins and mainly rich in vitamins A and C, which plays a major role in maintaining good body processes, aids the body to grow well, boosts the immune system and also works to promote healthy eyes.
Ripe plantain is sweet on its own and i’m sure it will be a winner for babies with the added ingredients for a more nourishing meal.
Ripe Plantain and Vegetable Puree Recipe
- ½ medium firm ripe plantain
- ¼ onion (chopped)
- 1 tbsp palm oil
- 1 tbsp ground dried fish
- 1 tbsp ground crayfish
- ½ – 1 cup water
- A handful green vegetable (ugu, spinach, kale)
- Peel off the back of plantain, dice and put in a pot. Add the rest of the ingredients except vegetables and put to boil.
- Allow to cook for 15-20 minutes or till plantains are soft and top with water if it is getting dry.
- Add the vegetables, simmer for a minute and remove from heat.
- Puree with a hand blender and serve.