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 at lunch time or dinner.
The picture to your right shows fried plantain served with chicken drumstick and sauce.
Come on board and try out this sizzling recipe. You would be rewarded by a tantalizing culinary delight from this plantain delicacies eaten all over Africa, in the Caribbeans even in the Americas.
Fried plantain recipe prepared by slicing plantain fruit into about 3 to 5mm thick slices, either as circular slices or saucer shaped slices as shown above, or 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 fried green. This can be salted, or made "hot" by sprinkling some chili pepper on the plantain before frying. It is basically prepared the same way world over, but with local twist added and given different names.
The ripened fried plantain is sweet, tender, with a fantastic flavor. It is called dodo in West Africa.
Dodo is actually a Nigerian word for fried ripe plantain.
It is also called Plantanos Fritas in the Americas.
A moderately ripe or very ripe plantain is sliced into diagonal bits or any desired shape. It is cut to about ½ to 1 cm thick and 3 -6 cm long.
Do this by washing the ripe plantain before peeling off the skin. Cut off the last 2 cm on each end of the plantain. Now cut the lightly through the skin of the plantain, about half a centimeter deep to just get under the skin level of the plantain. Extend the cut all through the length of the fruit. You can now use the knife of your finger to elevate the skin off the plantain fruit.
Once peeled, put the plantain down on a chopping board. Cut the plantain into circular or diagonal slices as described above, or indeed into any shape you fancy.
You can sprinkle in salt and chili pepper if desired.
Pour about 250 mls of a choice vegetable oil into a saucepan or use a deep fryer. The advantage of a saucepan over deep fryer is that deep fryer often makes the plantain come out soggy after frying.
Commonly used vegetable oils include:
Bring the oil to a very hot state, but not boiling.
Now add the sliced plantain cuttings into the hot oil and allow to fry in moderate heat. Watch closely to prevent it from getting burnt.
It is allowed to cook for about 3 minutes, and each piece of sliced plantain is turned over to allow it get cooked on both surface.
Once golden yellow to brown, it is removed from the frying pot and placed in a sieve or clean kitchen towel wrap to allow the excess oil drain off the cooked fried plantain, now called dodo.
Dodo can be eaten on its own served with chicken or served with rice and chicken stew or eaten with cooked or fried beans.
This fried plantain recipe can be enjoyed with friends with assort fruit salads too.
Kpekere is the colloquial name for a green fried plantain recipe product. It is sold in shops as green plantain chips or crisp.
Green unripe plantain when sliced into very thin flat pieces length-wise can be sun dried with a little amount of salt sprinkled on it. Once dried, it is fried in a deep frying pot for 4 – 6 minutes until crisp.
It becomes really really crisp and delicious. This is called kpekere in Southern and Midwestern Nigeria. You can try this fried plantain recipe with slightly ripe plantain.
It is important to make sure that the plantain is not even mid ripe, if you must enjoy both the unique taste as well as the super crisped nature. If you can not sun dry the sliced plantain, just leave it in the open for about an hour.