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African Dishes - Have you ever eaten delicious Plantain?

Updated on January 12, 2012

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


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



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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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK


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

      Thanks for stopping. :-)

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

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

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi KDee

      I'm glad you enjoyed them.

      They are yummy. Thanks. :)

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      KDee411 6 years ago from Bay Area, California

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


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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Rasta

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


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      Marvin Parke 6 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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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @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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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @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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      Support Med. 6 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Royalmark 6 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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      point2make 6 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!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks MsDora

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



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      Dora Weithers 6 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.