Beans and Plantain (Beans and Dodo)

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Beans and plantain recipe, also known as beans and dodo is a healthy and very popular beans recipe in Nigeria, and West African regions. Dodo means fried plantains in Nigeria. Dream Africa brings to you the simple preparation guide on how to prepare the ultimate Nigerian beans and plantain. This delicious beans porridge dish is served fried plantain, and its packed with flavours!


  • Black eyed beans or Brown beans (desired quantity)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • Minced ginger and garlic
  • Palm oil (enough to colour)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crayfish *optional
  • Seasoning (Maggi or Knorr)
  • Ripped plantains
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Wash and soak the beans in cold water for 1 hour. Boil the beans for 5 minutes and discard the water. Then put the beans in a cooking pot and pour water up to the level of the beans and start cooking. Cook until they are soft and pulpy. Add more water from time to time, if needed.
  2. When the beans if cooked soft (make sure the water is below the beans), this allows it to make beans porridge. Add palm oil, stir sliced onion, garlic, and ginger. Add seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Also add crayfish (if using it).
  3. Stir it well to mix all ingredients. Cover pot and allow to cook for additional 10 minutes.

Making Dodo

  1. Peel the plantains, and cut into diagonal pieces. Season with a bit of salt. Heat oil and when it is hot, fry the plantain in batches. Toss them to ensure both sides are evenly fried. When they are all brown, remove and drain in kitchen paper to reduce excess oil.
  2. Serve beans porridge with the fried plantain (dodo). Additionally, it can be served fried yam or fried sweet potatoes.
  3. Enjoy!

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