Fried plantain
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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen

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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen


Fried plantain

Recipe By Mogau Seshoene
Photographs By Craig Fraser


One plantain, yellow and ripe
Water, salted
Oil, for frying
Pinch of fine sea salt
Cinnamon, to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Peel and cut plantain into coin shapes, about 2 ½ thick. Place in salted water and leave for about 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium-low heat and fry plantain slices for 3 – 4 minutes on each side until they turn orange.
  3. Place slices on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb extra oil. Before serving, sprinkle fine sea salt and cinnamon to taste over cooked plantain.

About the Author

Mogau Seshoene founded The Lazy Makoti in 2014 after leaving the corporate world to focus on her love for food. What began as lessons for a friend, a bride-to-be who was afraid of being labelled “The Lazy Makoti” (the lazy daughter-in-law) because she couldn’t cook, evolved into a business, and inspired its name. Through The Lazy Makoti, Mogau offers a series of cooking classes targeted at young, modern Afropolitans who have a keen interest in learning to navigate the kitchen with ease and flair. In addition to being in demand for her real-live lessons, Mogau has become Instagram-famous, with thousands of foodie followers.

In line with her desire to promote the role of food in maintaining South African culture and heritage, she hosted a season of a TV show entitled Cooks For Life on which she demonstrated easier and healthier ways to prepare African and South African cuisine.

Mogau was on the M&G top 200 Young SA list in 2015, has taken part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, in the US and has made the Forbes Africa 30 under 30s list. She is a Brand SA Play your Part Ambassador, and in May 2018 received a USIBA Creative and Cultural Industries Award. Mogau has a diploma in Culinary Arts from the Chefs Training and Innovation Academy in Centurion and completed the industry training under Chef Werner at The Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg. She is a contributing food editor for the weekly newspaper, Sunday World.

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