3 ways to make plantain

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Plantains are a member of the banana family and they are very popular in African and Caribbean countries. Plantain tastes different at every stage of development. The interior colour of the fruit will remain yellowish. When the peel is green to yellow, the flavour of the flesh is starchy. As the peel changes to a yellowy-brown or black, it has a sweeter flavour and has more of a banana aroma, but still keeps a firm shape when cooked. They are super easy to make and don’t really require seasoning because of its natural flavour.

 

Here are 3 ways to make Plantain:

Fried Plantain: (most popular method)

  1. Preheat oil in a deep fryer or a normal pot over medium high heat.
  2. Peel the plantain and cut them to your desired shape.
  3. Fry the plantain until its golden brown. Drain excess oil on kitchen roll.

 

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Baked Plantain:

  1. Preheat oven on medium high heat.
  2. Peel the plantain and cut them to your desired shape.
  3. Place baking paper over a baking tray and place the plantain on the tray.
  4. Bake, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, until plantains are tender.

 

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Boiled Plantain:

  1. Peel the plantain and cut them to your desired shape. (You can also boil the plantain without peeling it)
  2. Fill a pot with enough water to cover the plantains and bring it to a boil over medium to high heat.
  3. Boil the plantains until they become tender, which typically requires about 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time. Ripe plantains require less time than unripened ones. Test them with a fork to judge tenderness.
  4. Remove the cooked plantains from the pot, drain any excess water and (if you chose not to peel the plantain) peel the skin off just before you eat or serve them. Wait until they cool enough to touch without burning yourself.

 

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2 Comments

  1. March 24, 2017 / 1:02 am

    Growing up I used to love boiled plantain for breakfast! Yummie! Maybe I’ll make them this weekend!

  2. July 31, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Never tried to make plantain before but I love it so much. Definitely gonna try it now 😀

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