Egun Bobo - starch and plantain
Recipe Category: Nigerian Soup Staples
Cuisine: Urhobo, Itsekiri
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Serves: 1
  • ½ cup Starch - you can use Tapioca starch or Farina
  • 1 teaspoon Palm Oil
  • 1 Slightly overripe plantain
  • ½ - ¾ cup of water
  1. Boil the plantains till soft, peel the skin off and blend or puree in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Dissolve starch in water, transfer to a pan and add a little palm oil
  3. Add the pureed boiled plantain to the starch in the pan
  4. Stir continuously on medium heat, until the starch starts to thicken. The day before, as the first video in this post shows, I did this very well manually, even though I have successfully done this using a hand mixer. When things were beginning to go awry, and my starch is too precious to waste by developing lumps, I poured straight into a bot, whipped out the hand mixer, and it was fine. Smooth, no lumps, just perfect
  5. This picture was taken while it was still cooking. It firmed up in the end, to the consistency of starch, but slightly softer, because of the plantains. See the Instagram video below
Recipe by Dooney's Kitchen at