Fried Plantain: Africa’s Guilty Pleasure By Nourishing Africa

Fried Plantain is a very popular West African dish. It is made from plantain which can be seasoned before being fried. It is referred to as ‘Dodo’ In Nigeria, ‘Missolè’ in Cameroon, ‘Makemba’ in the Democratic Republic of Congo,  ‘Alloco’ in Côte d’Ivoire, and ‘Kelewle’ in Ghana. Plantain can also be grilled, boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted instead. A popular snack is plantain chips which are made by slicing ripe or unripe plantain into thin slices and deep-frying the plantain slices. The plantain chips are then seasoned. Plantain is served as a side dish, a snack, or a meal on its own.



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One of the reasons why plantain is so popular in Africa is because of its accessibility. It is very cheap and is commonly sold in markets, supermarkets, restaurants, and by the roadside. Plantain is rich in vitamins, A, and C, which promote eye health, boost immunity, produce collagen, and may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Plantains are also rich in fibre.