FOOD: Preparing Snail and Green Plantain Pottage the Igbo Style


green plantain pottageIngredients:

  1. 4-6 large snails
  2. 2-3 Medium sized green plantains (you want green plantain that’s not soft or too green)
  3. 1/2 a teaspoon of Garlic
  4. 1 bulb of onion
  5. 2 large tomatoes
  6. 1 medium Scotch Bonnet pepper
  7. 4 table spoons of oil
  8. 2 cubes of Knorr/Maggi
  9. 1 pinch of thyme


For the Snails:
Cut snails in half, clean and place into a pot
Pour in 3 cups of water
Add 1 pinch of salt and boil for 1-1.5 hours (depending on desired tenderness)

For the Green plantain:
Peel off green plantain skin and cut in round pieces
Place cleaned plantains into a pot and add 2-3 cups of water
Add 1 pinch of salt and boil for 20 minutes (depending on desired tenderness)

For the Sauce:

  • Pour oil into large pot.
  • Add in garlic, sliced onions and pepper (let sizzle for 2 min, stir occasionally)
  • Add in diced tomatoes, cover halfway and let cook on medium low heat for 7 mins (stir occasionally)
  • Turn down heat (low high), add Thyme and knorr, stir to mix in seasonings
  • Add in 1 ounce of water, stir
  • Pour in snails
  • Add in 2 ounces of water, and let cook on medium low heat for 10mins. Stir occasionally

Allow it simmer and serve when ready!

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