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Plantain fufu served with pineapple-coconut juice

Plantain fufu is a well-known and nutritious African recipe that enjoys widespread popularity. This delectable dish is prepared by blending fresh green plantains or using plantain flour.

Typically, it is served as a delightful accompaniment to soups and stews such as Egusi, or Efo riro. Fufu, also known as swallow foods, holds a significant place in the culinary traditions of various African nations including Nigeria.
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cook Time: 10 mins.
Total Time: 20 mins.
Servings: 3
Ingredients
• ¾ cup of water
• Two big green plantains
Method
1. To prepare plantain fufu, start by washing the plantains. Remove the ends of the plantains and make a lengthwise slit in the middle. Create two more slits and carefully peel off the skins.
2. Next, cut the plantains into cubes and transfer them to a blender jar. Add water to the jar and blend until you achieve a smooth consistency.
3. Transfer the blended plantains to a non-stick pot or pan. Set the heat to medium-low and begin stirring with a wooden spoon.
4. Continue stirring continuously for about 5 minutes until the mixture comes together.
5. Using the back of the spoon, create pockets in the dough by pressing down gently in multiple places, similar to breaking up the ball without fully separating it.
6. Pour approximately ¼ cup of water into the pockets in the pot. Cover the pot and let it simmer on low heat until all the water evaporates. Stir the mixture to bring it back together. Once done, turn off the heat.
7. You can serve the plantain fufu immediately with your preferred soup. Alternatively, you can wrap it in cling film and wait for a minute to allow it to form a beautiful ball of plantain swallow before serving.

Pineapple-coconut juice

If you’re a fan of refreshing beverages, then you’ll love this homemade pineapple coconut juice.

It’s a simple recipe with incredible health benefits, and the best part is that you can find all the necessary ingredients close to you irrespective of wherever you reside.
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cook Time: 0 mins.
Total Time: 10 mins.
Servings: 8
Ingredients
• Nut bag
• Blender
• One lime
• ½ cup of honey syrup
• Two (500ml) packs of coconut water
• One medium ripe pineapple
Method
1. Start by washing the pineapple and cutting it into small pieces.
2. Place the pineapple chunks in a blender jar and blend them until you achieve a smooth consistency. If needed, you can add a splash of coconut water to facilitate the blending process.
3. For an extra smooth juice, you can strain the pineapple puree through a nut bag before transferring it into a jug.
4. Once the pineapple puree is in the jug, pour in the remaining coconut water and add a squeeze of lime juice. For optimal flavor, let the mixture chill in the refrigerator for about an hour before serving. Alternatively, you can enjoy it immediately by adding some ice cubes.
5. Note: Remember to adjust the quantities based on your preferences and the desired serving size.

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