Ndizi Tamu/Sweet Plantain (cooked in Coconut Milk)

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Serves 1-2

This is a typical E/African sweet dish. Plantains (called ndizi mkono wa tembo in Swahili, for which the literal translation is bananas - hand of the elephant, due to the length and shape of the plantains which resemble an elephant's trunk) are cooked in coconut milk and sweetened with sugar to make a delectable side dish, or dessert!

They are a special delicacy especially enjoyed in Ramadhan. :)

big plantain/ndizi mkono wa tembo
less than 1/4 cup sugar
(adjust to taste)
1/4 tsp.
cardamom powder
1 cup
thick coconut milk
3/4 cup
light coconut milk

Peel and cut the plantains into chunks, then slice them and remove the center bit/seeds. Put them in a pan, add just enough water to cover them and simmer until they are very tender. Drain the water, and add the light coconut milk and cardamom powder. Simmer on medium heat until the coconut milk thickens and reduces.

Now add the sugar and let it cook for a few more minutes, adjust to your taste. Then finally add the heavy coconut milk, again simmer on low heat until it thickens without stirring. Turn off the heat and let the plantains cool slightly.

Serve and enjoy! :)


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Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Thank you, really appreciate it. :)

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, no the two are different. Mkono wa tembo is mostly used in sweet dishes, and are yellow and long. Za bokoboko are green and used for more savoury dishes and curries.

Hi,is ndizi mkono wa tembo and ndizi za bokoboko cooked the same way and are they similar?

ikhlas's picture

How can I make this recipe less rich?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

You can substitute some of the coconut milk with regular milk.

Should the plantains be green, yellow or black for this recipe ?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

They are yellow with black patches on the skin, bigger/longer than your regular bananas.

Hi Fauzia,
Do you think I could make this in a crockpot? We're having a pot-luck at work on Tuesday and I thought it would be nice to make this. I could possibly let it simmer in water on the stove in the morning before I leave and transfer it to the crockpot when I get to the office, then add the other ingredients. What setting do you recommend I keep it on, low or high? Thank you in advance! :)

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, sorry but I have never used a crock pot. I will say that bananas do not really require that much time to cook through so am just a bit concerned about over cooking them.