Nigerian Snack: Dodo Ikire All Glammed Up

Nigerian Snack: Dodo Ikire All Glammed Up

What do you do with your overripe plantains? Do you send them to the bin or do you make something really tasty out of it? Something like dodo Ikire? This snack is a great accompaniment for movie night at home. If you’re into binge, snacking, as many pregnant women are, Dodo Ikire is a must have. We’ll be sharing the recipe with you, but first let’s ask. Dodo Ikire, what’s your story?

The Origin Of Dodo Ikire

Dodo Ikire is a traditional delicacy from Ikire, a town in South-western Nigeria. It was originally made from leftover plantains but today, people prepare it from fresh ingredients. According to the legend, the tasty snack was created by a poor, old lady from the town of Ikire. Ikire is a town in the South-western area of Nigeria between the cities of Ibadan and Ile-Ife, in Osun State.

This old lady had no food left except the over-ripe plantains, which she would have thrown in the bin, but she decided to squash it all up with some salt and pepper and deep-fry it in palm oil. She ate it, enjoyed it and decided to make more to share with her neighbours.

The result is what is now known as Dodo Ikire, named after the town it originated from. It is sold mostly in the South-western part of Nigeria.

How To Make Dodo Ikire


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Dodo Ikire is a good idea to make when you have overripe plantains and a little time on your hands. It is very easy to make, it is sweet, squidgy and also brings back lovely childhood memories.

This recipe serves about 9 people (unless you want to binge eat this snack).


  • 3 large plantains with black skins
  • 3 teaspoons pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil (1/3 palm oil and 2/3 vegetable oil) for frying


  1. Dice the plantains and mix in the pepper and salt and form into small balls.
  2. Heat the oil until hot but don’t let it start to smoke.
  3. Flatten the balls slightly and place them in the hot oil.
  4. Slightly lower the heat and fry the plantain balls until they are browned.
  5. Remove with a perforated or slotted spoon and drain in a sieve lined with paper towels.
  6.  To achieve the squishy effect and retain the signature moisture, wrap the fried plantain balls tightly in plastic bags, and let them cool that way. OR
  7. Glam them up with diced peppers and toothpicks. This is great for when you have guests over and you want to be the host with the most.

Whether you are a sweet tooth in search of a tasty snack or you’re wondering how to preserve your overripe plantains, this recipe will serve you well.



Guardian Life

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