Ndizi Tamu/Sweet Plantain (cooked in Coconut Milk)

Servings : 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. 🙂


  • 2 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
  • water


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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