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Gizdodo is a simple side dish that is often served with rice; especially Jollof rice. It is easy to deduce from the name that this meal will be basically made of gizzards and ripe plantain.

Hence Gizdodo (Gizzard Dodo) and we all know that dodo is just another name for ripe plantain.

It make perfect sense right? I don’t know who actually coined that word but I think it is epic!

Ripe plantain is called dodo in Nigeria, you can equally use it for porridge. In that case, it would be porridge plantain. But when you fry unripe plantain, it is called kpekere. That aside. Let’s get to the business of the day.

The ingredients below are required for making Gizdodo, it could serve about 6 persons if it is served alongside jollof rice or just about 3 persons if served alone.

Ingredients | Serving: 3

3 Giant sized ripe plantain
Chicken or Turkey Gizzard (500g)
4 cups of sliced tomatoes
Half cup of sliced pepper (scotch bonnet)
1 cup of sliced onions
One cup of sliced green pepper
2 cubes of knorr or maggi
Salt to taste
Ground nut/vegetable oil (800ml)

You would need that much oil because you would be frying the plantain. You fry the plantain and then fry the gizzards. That way, you get a really delicious gizdodo at the end of the day.

How to make Gizdodo

Start by peeling off the back of the plantain and chopping to smaller bits with a kitchen knife. Slice the tomatoes, peppers and Onions as seen here:

Wash the gizzards with hot water and precook for 20 minutes. Use a cube of knorr or maggi, half teaspoon of salt and half cup of sliced onions. Check to see that the gizzard is soft and chop to smaller bits.

These are some of the needed ingredients. What you find at top-right is the chopped ripe plantain. Chopped gizzards at the bottom-right, then sliced tomato, onions and green beans in the plate at the left corner.

Fry the plantain with 600ml of vegetable oil until it turns golden, scoop into a sieve and allow it to sit for a while. Reduce the oil to 250ml and fry the chopped gizzard.

The gizzard would be somewhat dark-brown when it is properly fried. Remove and pour in the remaining half cup of onions, stir and add the tomatoes. Add the sliced pepper and allow to fry for 10-15 minutes. Remeber to stir occassionally so it doesn’t get burnt.

Once the tomato is properly fried, you are almost done with making gizdodo. Add one cube of maggi to it and salt to taste.

Transfer the fried gizzards, plantain and sliced green peppers. Stir all together, cover and allow to simmer for 3 minutes. That is just how to make gizdodo. Sound easy right?

Remember, Gizdodo can be served as a course meal or a side meal.

Try this delicious meal and tell us how it turned out.

Culled from All Nigerian Food

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