Ogolale, the sumptuous Niger Delta meal also known as ‘oritobor’ is a delicacy that is common to the Niger Delta people of Nigeria especially the Itsekiris, Ilajes, and so on. It is a combination of mashed yam and unripe plantain mixed with palm oil. The crops used in preparing this meal i.e. yam, plantain and oil palm are widely grown in this region. In other parts of the country such as Yorubaland, the people refer to this meal as ‘isu-ogede-titi’ which literally means mashed yam and plantain.
This food is very east and fast to prepare; it takes less than twenty minutes to prepare. The combination of foods used in preparing this meal makes it a nutritious one. Ripe plantain can also be used but the unripe plantain is best used for this means due to its nutritious value (high in iron) and can be eaten by both young and old including diabetic patients. The list of ingredients for Ogolale may depend on individuals but the trio of yam, unripe plantain, and palm oil are all important. You’ll definitely add this Niger Delta meal, ogolale to your menu list when you give it a taste.
Ingredients For Ogolala
Ogolale is made with tubers of yam, unripe plantain, palm oil, dry fish (optional), and salt to taste. (other ingredients aside these are optional).
Peel the tubers of yam into a container then cut into small sizes. Remove the unripe plantain skin and then cut into small sizes too. Make sure you clean your dry fish very well and also debone.
Cooking Direction for Ogolale
Boil the yam and unripe plantain together in a pot on medium heat. A pinch of salt can be added when boiling. This should take less than 20 minutes to be cooked. Once the yam and plantain are done, remove into a clean container such as pot or pan then start mashing with a thick iron spoon or a wooden spatula. Add your red/palm oil then mix thoroughly. Introduce the dry fish (which is optional) and then mix with the combination of foods.
Your Ogolale is ready to be served thereafter. Enjoy this meal with your favorite soft drinks and thank me later. Bon appetite.