Cameroon Food: Sese Plantains(Porridge )

Sese plantain is one of my go to lazy meals to make around the house because you dump everything in the pot, and then you let the flavors slowly blend. This everyday one-pot meal is frequently dished-up in most households in Cameroon and throughout West Africa. It is sometimes called turning plantains in other parts because some stirring is involved during the cooking process. This prevents the plantains from sticking to the pot.

It can be simple with only plantains, palm oil, salt and crayfish or elaborate with fish, meat (any variety) and vegetables. Washed bitter leaves are usually used for this recipe (I replaced the bitter leaves with kale).

Sometimes people omit the oil which is OK, when cooking pepper soup plantains (another kind of plantains soup). However, Palm Oil adds an interesting and authentic flavor to the dish, as well as an intense red color from the high beta-carotene.

If using a tough cut of meat- like goat meat or shank meat, you have to boil the meat first, before starting the dish. Then, the plantain is slowly cooked in the meat stock until a tender and succulent meal.

Cameroon food: Plantain porridge

Cameroon food: Plantain Porridge-Sese Plantains( Turning Plantains)

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: African
Servings -6
Calories654 kcal
AuthorImmaculate Bites



  • 2 pounds of meat goat meat, shank meat
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 pounds of unripe plantains
  • ½ cup of Palm Oil
  • 2 Maggie 1 Tablespoon bouillon
  • Cayenne Pepper optional
  • 1 bunch of fresh kale chopped (traditionally bitterleaf is used. Washed in hot water and strained to remove bitters)
  • Salt and pepper to taste



In Large –sized sauce pan, boil meat seasoned with salt, cayenne pepper, onions until tender, depending on the meat. You can shorten this process in half by using a pressure cooker.

Using a sharp knife cut both ends off the plantain. This will make it easy to grab the skin of the plantains. Slit a shallow line down the long seam of the plantain, peel only as deep as the peel. Remove plantain peel by pulling it back.

Cut the plantains into thick round shape.

Cameroon food, plantain porridge raw

Place the plantains into the pot of boiled meat, add the Maggie, crayfish, red oil, bitterleaf and remaining onions


Bring to a boil and low the cooker to medium and let it cook slowly for about 20


Finally add the kale and cook for an additional 10 minutes


Remove from heat and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

Sese Plantains( Turning Plantains)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 654Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 129mg43%
Sodium 562mg24%
Potassium 1563mg45%
Carbohydrates 76g25%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 3995IU80%
Vitamin C 60.9mg74%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 4.7mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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