Green Banana Porridge

At home or abroad porridge is heavily featured on Jamaican breakfast menus. Cornmeal, oatmeal, peanut, banana porridge or hominy we love them all. For some a bowl or mug of this warm sweet nutritious goodness with a couple slices of buttered hardough bread or a few Excelsior hard crackers is all it takes to get through the morning. For others porridge is the starter ‘a likkle something to clear your stomach’ before a hearty mid morning meal.

peeling green bananas
Peeling green bananas is easy work. simply run a knife lengthwise along the spines (the ridges) of the bananas. Then use your fingers to push the skin away from the flesh.

Green bananas are used by Caribbean cooks to make dumplings, porridge, chips or boiled with other foods. Grating green bananas to make porridge is just of the many ways we use this staple Caribbean food. Making this Jamaican favorite is just as easy as making most other porridge. The hardest past is peeling and grating the green bananas. If you are not a fan of mutilated fingers or if you don’t own a grater a food processor makes a perfect substitute.
Still don’t want all that hassle?
Try using green banana flour. You will often find it prepackaged in Indian, Asian and African grocery stores.

 

This is the old-fashioned way to grate green bananas. If you do not own a grater or you just don’t want to risk your fingers a food processor works just as well. I on the other hand am old-fashioned so I have never owner a food processor. Plus a grater’s quicker and easier to clean

If easy breezy is your style

If you’d rather skip the grating and measuring, there are several varieties of banana porridge available in Caribbean grocery stores and online from retailers like Grace Foods and Amazon.com

When making green banana porridge mix the grated bananas with flour before adding to the water. this will allow the water to thicken as it begins to boil and the bananas begin to cook. to ensure a lump free porridge, a wooden spoon or a whisk is the perfect companion.

Porridge can be sweetened a variety of ways. You can use any combination of milk and sugar, (condensed, evaporated, coconut, white brown, etc.)

Green Banana Porridge

  • 3 green bananas (peeled and grated)
  • ¼ C. flour
  • 2 C. of water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • *1 C. milk
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  1. Add water to saucepan over medium heat. Add salt to water. In a bowl, mix banana with flour. Stir banana mixture into warm water. Continue stirring until mixture thickens and porridge begins to boil. Let porridge boil for about 10 minutes. Stir frequently, while boiling. After 10 minutes stir in milk and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Watch pot carefully because the milk may cause the porridge to boil over. After 5 minutes turn off the stove and stir in remaining ingredients. Serve porridge while hot.

*1 C. coconut milk for regular milk
*½ C. milk for ½ C. condensed milk, omit sugar if using sweetened condensed milk

 

A bowl of fresh, hot banana porridge

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