If you love fried plantains aka dodo, aka the secret to a happy life; this is a dish that will make you love it even more. What's more, you can eat it as a meal on it's own or pair it with other meals.
- 500g gizzards
- Tatashe – red bell pepper
- 1/2 Green pepper
- 2 Ata rodo – scotch bonnet/habanero pepper
- 1 Red Onion
- 1 tsp Curry powder
- 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
- Vegetable Oil
- Large Tomatoes
- Ripe plantains - diced
- Chicken Stock
- Boil the gizzards with salt, chopped onions and seasoning cubes till tender. Proceed to frying or grilling in the oven
- While the gizzards are boiling or frying, dice the plantain into cubes
- Also chop the onions, red bell pepper, green pepper and ata rodo, put to one side. Blend half an onion, 3 pieces of tatashe, 4 large tomatoes and 1 – 2 pieces of ata rodo to form a smooth puree. Boil this until it reduces and most of its water content has evaporated.
- Salt the diced plantain and deep fry.
- Take out some of the oil used to fry the plantain/gizzard and pour in a deep saucepan. Add the curry powder, dried thyme and let it fry for 1 minute.
- Add the chopped peppers from Step 3, and saute till they wilt and soften
- Add the reduced blended pepper mix to the pan, stir and allow it to fry, till it thickens and absorbs some of the oil.
- Add the gizzards, and the chicken stock, and lower the heat.
- Once the gizzard stew has thickened, add the plantains. Remember what I said earlier about allowing the plantain pieces fry and clump together? See the evidence below. This is wicked, wicked, wicked, dodo. if you don’t end up eating half of it before you remember it belongs with the gizzards. Once the plantain has gone in, stir and allow it the stew to coat the plantain pieces properly. It is only after the plantain goes in that you can re-season if needed. My major pet peeve with giz dodo made by a lot of caterers is not allowing the plantain to shine. It is called Giz-dodo for a reason. Dodo is a major ingredient. so, ensure that when you are re-seasoning, you can still taste the sweetness of the plantains. The plantains are already salted, so you shouldn’t need extra salt or seasoning cubes.
- and there’s your Giz Dodo, ready to be scooped into big bowls and passed around for your guests.