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This is a great combination for the holidays. Plantain and kontomire sauce is one of the purely local Ghanaian foods you can find with "kobi" and probably avocado pear.

Kontomire is a Ghanaian stew made from cocoyam leaves that is commonly served at home. Kontomire is a Ghanaian dish that includes steamed rice, cooked yam, and plantain, among other items. The people of Elmina are said to have invented Palava sauce, as it is called in English.


Kontomire is served with boiled yam, ripe or unripe plantain, or rice, along with avocado slices or hard boiled eggs. It goes well with Eba, Kenkey and Banku.


Ingredients for the kontomire

1. 1 pound Kontomire.

2. 1 and half cup ground Agushi (Melon seeds).

3. 1 cup of water.

4.1 Cup of palm oil.

5. One large sized Koobi.

6. 1 large sized bulb onion, sliced or chopped.

8. 8 medium sized tomatoes

9. Kpako shitor/chilli pepper.

10. Fried fresh fish pieces.

11. Salt to taste.


Ingredients for the plantain

1. 5 fingers of plantains.

2. Water as needed.

3. Salt to taste.


How to prepare kontomire

1. Thoroughly wash Kontomire and chop it into manageable pieces.

2. Place the Agushi in a bowl and cover with lukewarm water to soak.

3. In a saucepan, heat the palm oil and add the sliced or chopped onions and Koobi. If you're adding your Koobi at this stage, wash it and remove as many bones as possible. Others tend to incorporate the koobi at the end of the cooking process so that it remains whole and intact.

4. Allow the ingredients in the hot oil to steam for a few minutes before adding the ground tomatoes and pepper. Stir in your seasoning cube of choice. At this stage, some cooks add ground ginger, garlic, and a variety of other natural spices. Allow for 3 minutes of simmering time.

5. Stir in the soaked agushi, which has thickened into a paste, into the simmering sauce. Allowing the agushi to cook for as long as possible is critical. Because of the long cook-time of agushi, this means that it is thoroughly cooked before adding any other ingredients. Do we want to be in a situation where our stew isn't ready?

6. After a while, stir the stew, season with salt and pepper, and add the fried fish bits. Connect your chopped Kontomire pieces to the stew shortly after that and cook until finished.


How to prepare plantain

1. Peel the plantains and cut them into halves and wash.

2. Boil for about 15-20 minutes.

3. Add salt to taste.

Serve and enjoy!


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Elmina English Ghanaian Kontomire Palava

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