#KFB Foodie Talk! How to make Plantain moi moi (Ukpo Ogede)

our newbies, the KFB foodie talk column – handled by Dobby of Dobbysignature – is basically for ladies and
‘guys’ that are interested in learning how to cook better ;).
Last week, we learnt how to make Water yam balls – Ojojo – we’l be discussing Ukpo Ogede for today.

Do you throw away overripe
plantains? If you are one of those that do, I’m sure after this post that’d be
a thing of the past.
Ukpo Ogede “Plantain Moi moi” is a popular dish in the eastern
part of Nigeria. it’s a sweet savory steamed dish made with over ripe plantains
especially those with black skins (As long as it isn’t rotten on the inside) so
they don’t go to waste. To make it less sweet and to thicken a little bit,
Unripe plantain flour is usually added to achieve this. Plantains contain a
high amount of dietary fiber, vitamin C , vitamin A, B-complex vitamins,
folates, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine and also adequate levels of minerals
such as iron, magnesium, Potassium, and phosphorous which has so many
Nutritional health benefits in the body.

exact type of Over ripe plantain usually used for this dish
How to make plantain moi moi (Ukpo

Prep Time:
  20 mins
Cook time: 25-30mins
Makes:       12 wraps (Uma leaves) & 25 with Cup
cake tins
•3 Scotch
bonnets “Ata Rodo “
•1/3 large
Red Onion

Crayfish, Ground
•2 cooking
spoons Palm Oil
• Salt
to taste
• 1 Seasoning

1 Smoked fish – Optional but worth it
Containers for Wrapping:::
• Uma Leaves / Aluminium Foil / Plastic moi moi bowls / Moi moi tins. For this, i used Queen cup cake
tins to steam the moi moi but in the video, i made use of Uma leaves. 

• If you are using Uma leaves, Wash thoroughly with salted
water and a foam sponge. Cut off the stalk (you’d need it) and set both the
leaves and the stalk aside. If you are using plastic plates or moi moi tins, wash and set aside.

• For the smoked fish, Wash and remove the bones from the fish. Shred and
set aside.

Step 1: Wash the plantains thoroughly and slice open. Dice into
small bits – Set Aside

Step 2: Wash the Scotch bonnets and Onion, place in the blender. Add a
little water, just enough to make the blades move and blend till smooth. Add
the diced ripe plantains and blend till smooth – Set aside



Step 3: Pour the unripe plantain
flour into a Medium sized bowl, add a little water and stir into a thick paste.
Add the Salt, Crayfish, Shredded smoked fish, Seasoning cube and Gently pour
the Blended plantain mixture into the bowl and mix thoroughly. Finally, add the
Palm oil and stir to incorporate the mixture.


Step 4: In a medium sized pot, gently arrange the stalks/sticks of
the uma leaves to form a stick bed. Add Some water just enough to reach the
level of the sticks in the pot.

Step 5: Get two uma leaves and fold into the conical moi moi shape. Fold the end of the cone and scoop
spoons full of the plantain mixture into the uma leaves. Seal and place the
wraps on top of the sticks within the pot. Cover the pot with about two


* If you
are using other containers such as cup cake tins, you wouldn’t need to arrange
the stalk in the pot as a base. Just scoop the plantain mixture into the tins,
cover with a foil paper and place in the pot. Add just enough water halfway
through the first layer of the tins within the pot. Cover the pot and place on
the burner

Step 6: Turn on the burner and leave to steam for about 25-30
minutes while adding water intermittently during the time frame.

Step 7: To check if it’s done, insert a knife through one of the wraps
and if it comes out clean it’s done. Turn off the burner and serve.

This meal can be served with pap/ akamu, Custard, Oats or any Beverage


Kemisola Adeyemi

Kemisola Adeyemi is the Assistant Editor of KemiFilaniBlog. She loves to write and write and write and hopes to own a publishing firm someday!Email: [email protected]


    1. That is cos rice is so easy to make. Lol. Does the plantain have to be black cos in my house plantains dont get that rotten.

  1. I love plantain moimoi, whenever i visit my cousin in Enugu, that's what she makes for me. Nice one.

  2. Kemi can you pls discuss how to decorate cakes in your next foodie talk. I badly need it. Thanks hun.

  3. Food dey this country, never heard of this. Looks good but my fear if i might not enjoy it. Thanks as always kfb

    1. Hmmnnnnn Ajuju…… i dey go check google for d answer….. how do u dice plantain indeed…… wait for me – am coning to give u d answer……..

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