Boli – Roasted plantain

How to roast plantain
When you love something so much you ensure you have ample supply of it at all times. This is one of the reasons why i decided to grow plantain on a small portion of borrowed farm land. Usually, i harvest the plantains while it’s still green so it’d ripen over a specific period of time. I never had issues with my plantain trees until recently when i noticed most of my ready to harvest plantains disappearing from the trees.
At first i thought thieves were at work so i decided to go early to the farm one day in order to keep an eye on what was really going on with the plantain trees. The farm is walled and gated so it was really puzzling how someone would jump over to steal plantains. lo and behold, i saw them…about four colorful monkeys jumping into the compound via the neighboring trees. At first i was shocked because i never expected seeing monkeys here in lagos. The shock kept me numb for a while but when i regained my composure, i decided to do what i had to do to protect my crops by shooing them away. I’d never forget what happened that day. The biggest among them noticed me and jumped down from one of the trees. This monkey chased me down the street and i ran like my life depended on it. I ended up buying a new pair of slippers because i lost my shoe that day. It was so embarrassing that i didn’t talk about it for a long time.These days i’ve learnt to adopt the live and let live way of life. I’ve got plenty plantain to go around, what more can i say.
Do you love plantain too? Apart from frying and boiling, here is another way to enjoy plantain. It’s even healthier cooking it this way too.


• Ripe/ Unripe plantain (As much as you like)


Step 1: Usually,boil is made locally on the streets with charcoal grill. For this, i usually use a grill at home. To prepare boli, Pre-Heat the grill to a temperature between 160°C-200°C. Wash and peel the plantain skin and place the plantains on the grilling rack. The rack should be placed very close to the burner. Grill for about 7-10 mins on each side making sure you check from time to time and turn the plantains on all the sides to ensure every part is evenly roasted. While roasting, you could also season and roast the fish alongside the plantains.


Step 2: Once it’s ready, serve with peppered sauce (Obe ata din din) and grilled fish. Wash it down with hot or cold beverage and get ready to take a long nap because that’s what you’d do after taking this meal.


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