African Dishes - Have you ever eaten delicious Plantain?


Plantains are big bananas and are not usually eaten like the normal banana fruit. They are delicious to eat and easy to prepare.

Ingredients

  • Ripe plantains (yellow ones).
  • Cooking oil.
  • Salt.

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Preparation

1) First, cut the plantain, by cutting off the tip and the bottom. Then slide a knife from the top to the bottom and pull it open.

2) Slice the plantain in a round or oval shape into a bowl.

3) Sprinkle with salt and mix them a bit.

4) Warm oil in a frying pan.

5) Place pieces of plantain in – flat. (no need to cover it).

6) When it is light brown, use a fork to turn the other side, so it’s brown too. (It takes about 1 to 2 minutes for one side to get brown)

Finally, when it is ready, place them in a plate or on something that will drain out any oil. It can be served with so many dishes - rice / an omelette / a pasta dish /chicken or just on its own as a light snack.

Bon Appetit.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for sharing. Fried plantain makes a good dish. It is also popular in the Caribbean. Lately, I have learned that for those who need to watch their oil intake, they can be baked whole (in the jacket) and then peeled and sliced.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks MsDora

I wasn't aware of that and will give it a try some day.

Regards

Elena.


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point2make 4 years ago

Plantains are an easy and delicious alternative. They are very healthy and ,depending on the sauces or spices used, will compliment many dishes. I have had the Caribbean style but not the African. I think I 'll give it a try. Good hub!


Royalmark 4 years ago

Did you just snap the plantain you fried @ home? Lol

My sister doesn't wait for it to be fried. She eats them!

Nice tutorial, cook Elena.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I have never heard of plantains..They look delicious..Thank you for sharing something new...


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Support Med. 4 years ago from Michigan

I have never eaten them before but I have heard of them. They look interesting. Wonder why they are called plaintains if they're actually bananas, just big. As I'm looking to try something new, may give it a try in the near future. Thanks for sharing.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@Point2make I'm glad you have tasted them. They must be the same - African and Caribbean plantain. Oh... I love Caribbean food. :) Thanks.

@Royal Mark - Lol. I am like your sister, when I fry chicken. I eat half of it while frying. Thanks.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@AlwaysExploring - Hi Ruby, I'm sure you will enjoy them. Yummy.... Thanks for stopping.

@Support Med - Good question. I will check wikipedia for what it says about plantain. I trust it will explain where the name came from. I hope you enjoy it, when you give it a try. Take care.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

In Jamaica green and ripe plantain fried is the main breakfast option. There are a lot of ways to prepare it. Grating it and making porridge is my favorite.

The only thing different about plantains from bananas, its a lot more starchier, it cannot be eaten when ripe like a banana.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Rasta

Thanks, that is very interesting... grating it for porridge. I would love to try that.

Cheers.


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KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

Oh those are so good, I had them at a Vietnames Restaurant. Makes me want to go back.

Kay


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi KDee

I'm glad you enjoyed them.

They are yummy. Thanks. :)


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Elena, what a great recipe! Is it really that easy? The picture is beautiful! Good job writing this!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@iamaudraleigh

It's very easy to make. Slice and Fry. That's all.

Thanks for stopping. :-)

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