Fried Plantain Recipe

Fried plantain recipe is another simple but great and delicious African food dish easy and quick to prepare, yet very nutritious.

It takes about 20 minutes to prepare, and can be served as a meal or as a tasty and nutritious snack.

Plantain is a culinary delight from across the African continent, the Caribbeans and even  the Americas.

Fried plantain recipe is prepared by slicing plantain fruit into whatever shape or sizes of choice, along the long axis of the fruit, and fried in vegetable oil for a few minutes.

The fried plantain is often the ripened variety, but can also be cooked green. The fried plantain can be salted or made "hot" by sprinkling some chili pepper on the plantain before frying. It is prepared the same way world over, but with a local twist added and given different names.

The ripened fried plantain is sweet, tender, with a fantastic flavor. It is called dodo  Nigeria, kelewele in Ghana. It is also called Plantanos Fritas in the Americas.

How To Fry Plantain

Fried Plantain

Servings: 6

Prep Time: 15min

Cooking Time: 30min

Ingredients

  • 6 plantains one for each person
  • 500mls of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • Salt to taste

Method

Cut off both ends of the plantain then, use the pointed part of the knife to cut into the outer skin of plantain lengthwise. Now tear open the outer skin and take out the plantain inside which is yellowish inside. Slice into whatever shape you desire.

Sprinkle the salt to taste, spices, and herbs on your sliced plantain and toss around to cover each slice of plantain completely.

Pour the oil into a skillet and heat it on the stove on medium heat for about five minutes and start frying the plantain in batches.

Plantain is fried when golden brown. Flip the plantain over so the bottom side would fry as well and place the fried plantain on a plate or container layered with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

Serve immediately with any sauce of choice like the shitor sauce or the avocado dip below.

Recipe provided by www.AfricanFoods.co.uk

Avocado Dip

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 10min

Cooking Time: 5min

Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados, take off skin and remove seed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peel off the skin and set aside
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon malt vinegar
  •  A squeeze of lemon
  • salt to taste

Method

Pour the oil lemon and vinegar into a food processor or blender. The transfer the avocado and rest of ingredients into the blender and puree everything and ready to serve on toast, with fries, yam or with plantain.

Refridgerate for up to five days. Suitable for diabetics if you use the green plantain instead of ripe, vegans and vegetarians. Gluten-free.

Check out this article, from Mayo Clinic as to whether diabetics can have avocados.

Recipe provided by www.AfricanFoods.co.uk

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