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lituma or mashed plantains on white plates

How to make lituma

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  • Author: Magali Mutombo
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 25 min


Mashed plantains also called lituma in Congo.


2 unripe plantains

2 almost ripe plantains

A dash of oil (optional)



Peel the plantains and cut them in big chunks

In a large pot, cover them with water and let them boil until there isn’t more water.

In the food processor, chop them until you get a play heavy dough consistency.

Spread the dough on a plate to let any air out. Let it breath for 5 min.

If you still have big pieces of plantains showing, you can repeat the process.

*Optional: Add zest of lime and mix it.

With clean hands, make a long baguette and cut pieces with a food twine.