A bowl of hot Jamaican green plantain porridge to kick-start your day. Green plantain porridge is often drunk in Jamaica for breakfast, however, some people drink it whether morning, noon or night.
At ten years- old I taught my grand-aunt, how to boil green plantain porridge, while I was spending one of my summer vacations with them in Germany. I could not eat what they provided for their breakfast, which was waffle or pancake and orange juice. I have to drink something hot in the morning, either tea, coffee, or porridge; else my stomach will ache.
Apart from using to make porridge, green plantain is also boiled and eaten with curry chicken or steamed fish, etc.,. Wash one finger of green plantain, then cut into three pieces (do not peel; boil in skin). Boil in salted water over high heat for 15-20 minutes. Follow the direction for ripe plantain, boil for 10-15 minutes. Plantain and banana are cousins.
2 fingers green plantain
1/2 cup refined oats/optional
1 tsp. salt or more
1 small pk. skimmed milk powder (about 6 tbsp.) or 1/2 cup Evaporated milk
3 cinnamon leaves or 1 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup coconut milk/optional (I love coconut milk in my porridges)
Sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups water /1 cup to blend the green plantain
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
Other spices you can use are; mixed spices, almond flavouring, rose water, or ground cinnamon. For me personally, almond flavouring changes the taste of the porridge. Do not put too many different spices in the porridge.
Put a medium-size pot with 2 cups water, cover and boil on high heat for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, peel the green plantain fingers just like peeling green bananas. Cut each finger into small pieces then put into a blender, add 1 cup water. Blend until the mixture is smooth with almost no lumps.
Add the oats to the blended mixture, blend for 2 minutes. Pour the mixture into a bowl, use a spoon to stir and look for lumps; remove if found any.
Adding the oats is optional, but hey! Oats is full of fibre, and green plantain is a good source of potassium. What a green combination.
Pour the blended plantain and oats mixture into the pot, stir, cover the pot and lower the heat to medium high. About 2 minutes after adding the mixture to the pot, it will thicken, do not add any water. Lower the heat some more if needed. Cook the porridge for 15 minutes, while stirring every 5 minutes.
Stirring the porridge frequently while it is being cooked is very important, it prevents the porridge from sticking to the bottom of the pot and that will cause the porridge to burnt and it also prevents lumps from forming in the porridge
Add the coconut milk, (if using cornstarch mixed with a little amount of water, add it as well. Some people used cornstarch to help thicken the porridge; I don’t) stir and boil for 10 more minutes. Lower the heat to low. Add the mixed skimmed milk, stir, add the salt and stir. Sweeten to your desire with the condensed milk, add the vanilla and nutmeg, stir. Remove porridge from heat and serve hot. Babies 3 months or older can be given green plantain porridge in the morning. More Jamaican porridge recipes coming soon.
Enjoy other Jamaican porridges