Cookbook:Dodo Ikire (Fried Leftover Plantain)

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Dodo Ikire (Fried Leftover Plantain)
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Dodo ikire is a Nigerian dish of fried overripe plantain. According to legend, it was developed in the town of Ikire by a woman as an alternative to discarding overripe plantains.


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  1. Mash the plantain and transfer it into a bowl.
  2. Stir in salt and crushed pepper until well-combined.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan for a few minutes, but don't allow to smoke. Allow it heat for a few minutes (3–4 minutes is enough).
  4. Scoop the plantain mixture into the hot oil. Cook until darkened but not burnt.
  5. Remove the dodo ikire from the oil, and drain any excess.
  6. Re-mould the dodo ikire into balls. Sprinkle with some pepper.

Notes, tips, and variations

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  • Do not overcook the dodo ikire, as it will burn and taste bitter.