Beans with Plantain – Yum!

 ‘Tall people eat a lot of beans’
one of the many hogwash I heard growing up, cos I am still not tall

Nigeria is known for a lot of things (Mmhmm, do not get me started!). One thing we are particularly good at is making delicious meals. I learned how to cook at an early age from my mother (she is an absolute legend in the kitchen), as well as from experimenting with dishes. So, when a friend suggested I shared the recipe for one of my ‘experiments’, I thought hmm…


That was until another busy day at the nursery led to me feeling I deserved some soothing therapy (this may sound weird, but cooking helps me to relax). A quick stop at the local African store and a nearby supermarket and I was all good to go.

Quick Note

Plantains are cooking bananas that can be boiled, grilled, fried, baked or eaten raw (if you like the tangy taste). For more info on plantains, check out –


Now, I am an above-average fan of meal prepping and I try to be a valiant soldier in the war against calories (good luck with that). Ergo (been itching to use this word – go on, google it!), this lesson is a combination of two recipes.

So whip out those pots, roll your sleeves, let the music play and let’s make some delicious beans with plantain, Nigerian style!

Get Ready


Let me begin by saying this is an easy peasy recipe.

Cooking time: 1 hour and 25 minutes, excluding the time it took to boil the chicken and fish.


  1. 2 cups of African red beans
  2. 7 whole plantains
  3. Chicken (already spiced and cooked)
  4. 2 carrots
  5. 2 onions
  6. 1 red bell peppers
  7. 1 yellow bell pepper
  8. Fresh coriander (sliced)
  9. 1/4 cup palm oil
  10. 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  11. Scotch bonnet (don’t want to say how much I used for fear of judgment and condemnation. I like spicy, so to each his own)
  12. 1/2 tbsp Salt
  13. 1/2 tsp thyme
  14. 1 tsp garam masala (of course)
  15. 3 knorr cubes
  16. 1/2 tbsp mixed spice
  17. tomato paste (I used the smallest tin I could find)
  18. A good old Motown playlist

Let’s do this!


*♫Listening to I Want You Back by The Jackson 5♬*

  1. Add 1000ml of water into a stock pot, toss in the beans and cook for 50 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Heat the oven to 150C for about 5 minutes. While the oven is heating up, slice the plantain into little sections of halves, sprinkle a dash of salt over and mix altogether by flipping it over in the bowl (if you mix with a cooking spoon, be sure to flip from the sides and not the middle so as not to mash up some of the pieces).
  3. Glaze a pan with oil (I used olive oil) and tip the plantain on. (from the photo, I lined the tray with a sheet of foil. However, I recommend you do without the foil as this causes the plantain to stick and can be quite bothersome to ‘detach’ – a folly cycle I find myself repeating despite knowing better).
  4. Grill the chicken and plantain in the oven for about 40 minutes. Another option is to deep fry in hot oil – it’s a lot quicker but less healthy (as an improvisation to grill the chicken, I lined the metal racks in the oven with foil before placing the chicken on.


After 40 minutes in the oven, the chicken was ready so I took these out. The plantain was almost ready but there were a few close-to-being-burnt pieces which I scooped out cos Minnie don’t burn no plantain(Mmhmm). I flipped the rest over to ensure there were no further casualties (what would my mother say?). I let this grill for a further 10-15 minutes.


*♬Listening to Reach Out (I’ll Be There) by Four Tops♪♪*

Time for the Veggies


I just have to say I Love Vegetables! Asparagus, broccoli, spinach, bell peppers, onions, carrots, dwarf beans, mangetout, mushrooms, lettuce, cabbages, the works! (Focus girl)

Back to our recipe.

*♪♪Listening to Please Mr. Postman by The Marvelettes♫*

  1. Chop the red and yellow peppers, onions and carrots into chunks and set these aside.
  2. Add the vegetable oil into a saucepan and place over low-medium heat and stir in the chopped onions for about 1 minute (don’t forget I’m cooking two meals in parallel – I was on a roll!).
  3. Toss in the bell peppers and carrots and stir-fry for 1 minute then add in your tomato paste and allowed to cook for another 1 minute.
  4. Add the sliced coriander, scotch bonnet (if you can handle some heat otherwise don’t sweat it), salt, thyme, garam masala, nutmeg, mixed spice and knorr cubes. I used 1 cup of chicken and fish stock combo for some extra oh-my-goodness flavour. Uhuh! add and work that in for an even consistency. Cook for a further 1 minute and remove from heat.


*♫Listening to Do You Love Me  by The Contours♫*

All in


  1. Add the palm oil into the beans and cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes.
  2. stir in your vegetable sauce – now I made enough sauce for two recipes so I only used half of it. let this cook for another 2-3 minutes to get all that flavour in.
  3. remove from heat and serve as desired.


*♪Listening to Baby I Need Your Loving by The Four Tops♪* – (they made some great music)

There you have it! Nigerian beans with plantain for your savoury delight.


I am not a fitness-diet-health guru or expert but I have heard it said that this is one very healthy meal (a Sista is just passing on some useful info) so calories got nothing on you.

Let me know how yours turned out (You will try this, won’t you?).

9 comments on “Beans with Plantain – Yum!

  1. This looks good doll ❤! I can’t imagine not frying my plantain though 🙈🤦🏽‍♀️


    • Hey Temi, thank you! Yes, fried plantain is the ‘original’ way. I guess i have acquired the taste of grilled plantain 😊
      Thank you for reading.


  2. This is so irreverent Millie, what union has carrots with Nigerian beans? This is a slap in the face of Nigerian cooking 😜 …and yet I have tasted your broccoli and beans and I must say it’s an interracial marriage made in the heavens. Well done sis 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾


  3. Mary Izzi

    Yum! I love beans 😍 Can’t wait to try this. Thank you too for the healthy cooking tip for plantain – I will now be able to treat myself more often!


  4. Kemi Dami

    Millie, this beans was really born abroad, ehn asparagus inside beans. Meanwhile, I am not tall because beans just wouldn’t go down my throat whether as a child or now as an adult. My younger sister swallowed beans with reckless abandon; it was her best meal growing up. But guess what? We are the same height, lol; something in the region of 156m 😀

    P.S plantains described by wikipedia as cooking bananas makes me laugh!


    • Kemi, the asparagus was for the other meal. I was just listing my favourite vegetables which happen to be all of them. Yeah, when I saw the description ‘cooking bananas’ I was like ‘huh!’. Thank you for reading hun.


      • Nice one sis. I just made beans today. I love the idea of putting carrots in the beans. Will try that next time. I love plantain, but I don’t like frying it. I will try grilling it from now on. That chicken looks great. What spices did you use for the chicken?


      • Thank you Kudzi and thanks for reading. I will share my chicken spice recipe soon ❤


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