Have to try the grilled banana soon. :). For example, you can cut the peeled plantain into rounds to make tostones or patacones, which are twice-fried plantain chips. If you got 4 correct answers: I see you know a lot about plantains. These are similar in appearance to potato wedges, with a distinctive flavor. Question: Will green (unripe) plantains ripen if left at room temperature? They are Oh so delicious! The dish is called "nool appam" in malayam....it is my favourite too. I've been having all sorts of plantain dishes since there's an abundance of it this time of the year. Fry the pieces for about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring or turning occasionally. You just gave me an idea for my next plantain meal. Continued I weighed a large peeled plantain and it was about 8.25 oz. Our cuisines are really not that different as we also savor lots of spices like you do. Though I have never heard of plantain being cleaned first before frying, but I'm sure it can be done. But note that frozen plantain may only be suitable for boiling, not baking, roasting or frying. This recipe is similar to my Green Banana Blaffrecipe. Plantain Tortillas. At first glance, it looks like a banana. Very well appreciated. Ripe plantain is yellow, tastes sweet and can be eaten raw. When you see a green plantain think of recipes you would use a potato. Do this along the “seams” of the plantain, a total of 4 times. I’ve been talking about ripe plantains, but how do you know a plantain is ripe? Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on February 17, 2012: @viking305 - I'm so glad you stumbled on this. I mostly cook them or fry them. There are many, many ways to eat a plantain and it all depends on where it lands on the ripeness scale. Trust us, you can’t just eat one. Green plantains are a must for tostones. Different people like to slice it differently. Answer: Plantains are a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. But, I must confess, that even I sometimes prefer the added delicious taste of the frying oil. The site may earn a commission on some products. Are you as obsessed with plantains as we are?. Then dry it well using a dry cloth and then cut in desired shape. Question: If I sprinkle a little sea salt on the plantains will they still have the sweet taste? Leaving the skin on, cut the plantains into 2-inch chunks. Plantains are tasty baked or fried. Once you have pried off an entire section of the peel, you can pry the rest of the skin by lifting it and running your fingers under the skin. Just the right amount of flavor. Thanks for sharing. Cut the fruit into chunks, cubes, or coins. However, green plantains, either raw or cooked and then cooled, provide varying amounts of resistant starch which act similar to fiber. Plantains can be found all over the Caribbean and Central America, but they were not always native to these areas. Raw plantains have a starchy texture and bitter flavor. Always delicious however it's cooked. As a plantain ripens, its skin becomes leathery, so it’s still difficult to peel like a banana. Mash sauteed green plantains with garlic and bacon to make mofongo. I'm glad you can now try baking or grilling your plantains. You can slice them lengthwise for tajadas , which are sweet and savory fried ripe plantain strips, or bakabana , which are Surinamese fried ripe plantain strips served with a … Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on November 21, 2011: Hairybizness - Thanks for stopping by. Typically, plantains have to be purchased green and left to ripen on the counter. Thank you very much Babatola. It could be used as a meat substitute (when peeled and cut in chunks) in a collard green soup. Yes, ripe plantain can be eaten raw, although they are not easily digestible in their raw state.. No. Thinly slice plantains into chips with a mandoline. Boiled plantains taste a bit like a sweet potato. Question: What are the nutritional value(s) of plantains? Ripe plantain on the other hand has reduced iron and a sweet taste, which may be preferred by some. I actually roast mine with just a slice down the skin so it can open as it expands. dinkan53 from India on February 17, 2012: Love banana chips. They taste even better with fried egg. Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 28, 2018: I love plantain. Really interesting and a new one. I'm not fun of cooking I swear! forgive me. This … Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on April 21, 2013: @iguidenetwork - To try it, is to believe it. When green, they are very starchy and are best served as tostones, which are twice-fried plantains. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on April 29, 2013: @Kevin Peter - Thanks Kevin for your contribution to this hub. Thanks for reading and commenting. Working in batches, fry the chips, agitating them with a fork so they don’t sick together. Question: Can sliced plantains be breaded before baking? I sometime eat plantain chips I buy at dollarama and thought it was mostly fried and thought I would try to avoid that as I think I already eat too much fried foods. I wanna cook for my Nigerian BF. I'm sure they'll be delicious. Question: Why does the plantain water turn black after boiling it? The boiled plantain tastes very good. The boiling and grilling methods are great ideas! Plantains are also high in potassium and fiber. :). As they ripen, the starches turn into sugars, and when fried, the sugars caramelize and create sweet crispy edges. This gives a yellow colour to the chips. I love to pair fried sweet plantains with a side of beans and rice. Very well appreciated. Fantastic! Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on March 10, 2013: Thanks cbarbar for your comments. I was always curious about plantain. Michelle Yap from Philippines on September 22, 2012: I do not know if plantains, is what we call "lakatan" or "latundan" here in Philippines. Diabetics should usually eat between 45 and 75 grams of carbohydrates per meal. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on June 16, 2013: @AliciaC - I'm glad you find this useful and convincing. This is one of my “secret” uses of plantains, but I can’t claim to have figured it out … If you got between 0 and 1 correct answer: Seems you're not so familiar with plantain. You should try it sometime. The simplest preparation for plantains, green or ripe, is fried. That’s because plantains are starchier, contain less sugar than bananas and are much more versatile as a cooking ingredient. Great hub. Voted up and awesome. Slice off the tips of the plantain cut the fruit in three or four chunks and remove the skin. “Chifles” means “chips” in Spanish and it normally refers to plantain chips. Answer: Yes. She said, "I don't know", and then proceeded to ask me what they were and how to cook them. Rated as interesting. Thanks for the tips! Allan Philip from Toronto on May 01, 2013: How nice of you to write about plantains; I once had an iron deficiency and was told by my physician's nurse to eat lots of plantains. Best snack ever. It's used in soup and beans recipes. If you got 3 correct answers: You did very good! Keep on. They are handy as a quick snack or they can be incorporated into a delicious breakfast or main meal. Esther Strong from UK on February 06, 2014: I have always fried plaintain in the past but have been concerned of the health implications so knowing other ways of cooking them as you've presented here is very useful. It's a small world! I hope it turns out right and delicious. It worked, never had a problem since cause I love plantains. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I look forward to trying it, thanks! Peel plantains, but do not cut or slice into pieces. My son is a vegetarian, but the rest of the family is not. I think it's probably not quite ripe enough when I cook it. 2) Buy them YELLOW with a black spot or two at most—and cook them almost immediately. The color of the skin should be your guide. Always delicious. When buying plantains, stay away from those that are overly ripe and mushy. Perfect Baked Plantains – An “oven fried” baked plantains recipe for ultra moist and tender plantain slices, perfect to serve as a side dish or enjoy as a healthy snack with dipping sauce! Get the greenest plantains you can. This means, you may be able to eat green plantains raw or cooked and then cooled, but if remaining ketosis is of importance to you, I would exercise caution. When cooking them, choose healthy preparations including boiling, baking and grilling instead of frying. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days before they start to get stale. We recently made Magic Plantain Tortillas and Paleo Chinese Dumplings with a green plantain (underripe plantain… For a lower-fat dish, peel and chop green plantains into chunks, then boil them for 20 to 30 minutes with a pinch of salt. They can also be found at most farmer's markets that cater to Eastern Mediterranean cuisines as well as in some Chinese markets. Thank you so much creating this hub! Once the oil is hot, gently drop the plantain pieces into the pan. https://www.thespruceeats.com/latin-plantain-recipes-2137991 Heat oil in a 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375°F. This pith won’t cook down, so it needs to be removed. Continue reading for more on how to cook plantain. Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on September 19, 2017: Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on September 24, 2014: Hey Rachael. Plantain chips make a great crispy snack. The yellow, ripe-but-firm ones are better. I like them fried (of course) and grilled, but I've never thought to roast them in the oven. For added flavor and texture, garnish the mashed plantains with cilantro or fresh parsley. The answer key is below. The plantain eventually became a staple ingredient in the Caribbean. Answer: Yes, you can. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on July 11, 2019: @Jenn, thank you for sharing your cooking tips. Don't know how I missed your comments. Important: Don’t slice them thin. Some plantains do take longer to ripe if they've been harvested too early. As a child, I’ve had many a dinnertime battle over the last tostone (fried plantain). Please, continue reading the hub for plantain cooking tips. They can also be thinly sliced and fried to make chips. Then put the blade of the knife into one the “slices” and pry the skin up, like so. I love them fried, but recently tried them baked and I love them baked even more. Question: Can you bake plantains in the skin? Green plantains are the ones used for plantain chips, or for twice-fried tostones. Cover and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Onto cutting. The recipe only requires plantains, fish of your choice, coconut aminos, desiccated coconut, honey, lime, and spices. Fried plantains with scrambled eggs and salsa is one of my favorite breakfasts. Thank you again. I'm glad you found the information on plantain useful. Whichever method you choose to prepare your plantains, one thing is certain: you and your family will enjoy eating them! :). Soak in a bowl of salted cold water for 30 minutes. Thank you for the tutorials. Plantain is very versatile and cab be incorporated into any meal. This combo makes a great breakfast meal that is both sweet and healthy. If you choose fried green plantains, a one-half-cup serving has about 29 grams of carbohydrates, along with almost 7 grams of added fat. Very well appreciated. Love reading more of ur hubs. Heat oven to about 400 to 450 degrees (depending on the oven). The easiest way to prepare a green plantain is to cut it into chunks and then slice off the skin and pith with a knife. Depending on the time of year and temperature, they can take anywhere from a few days to a week to ripen. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on October 15, 2019: Just follow the recipe as shown and you'll be fine. Most grocery store now carry them. When you do try them, you'll find that are a very tasty meal/treat. Answer: Yes, it can. Fiber is important because it promotes bowel regularity. You need to start with green plantains, the yellow ones are sweeter and won’t work for this recipe. Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013: Plantains are common and Peru and we just moved to an area where they're very inexpensive. Put 2 tablespoons (28 g) of butter into a … iruvanti from U.S.A on February 17, 2012: In India green plaintains are treated as a vegetable. I've used butter before. You can boil, bake, or roast plantain in its skin. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on July 30, 2012: @FreezeFrame34 - Now you know what to do next time. I shall definitely shall try plantain one of these days and perhaps introduce my 24 year old son, who doesn't eat very well, to this nutricious food. Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 15, 2013: Thank you for so much useful information about plantains! Plantains are sometimes called green bananas, but they will turn yellow and then dark if allowed to ripen. That reminds me, I've got some just like that that I need to prepare for breakfast, to eat with some eggs and salsa serving. I bought one today and wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. Stuffing vs. Dressing: What’s the Difference? No. Then fry it. If you do not have a grill or an open charcoal pit, you can roast plantains in the oven. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io, What Are Glass Noodles? HAha.. Thanks so much for stopping by, reading and commenting. Once a lady behind me at the checkout lane asked the cashier what those are (referring to plantain). From your photos they do look delicious. Though many people are clueless when it comes to plantain it, but they are always delighted and willing to try it once they get the needed information. I think they taste like heaven, but that could be because I’m biased. Boiled Green Plantains cooked in a delicious and spicy sauce seasoned with Noubess Hot and Spicy Mango Sauce, spices, and Noubess Infused Extra-Virgin Lemon Olive Oil. These are equally wonderful with just a simple sprinkle of salt or lime zest, cayenne, or chili powder. @phildazz - It really does help with iron deficiency, especially the green unripe plantain. Plantains are indigenous to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. You can use bacon or ready-to-eat bacon bits. Answer: Yes. Leaving the skin on while boiling helps the fruit retain most of its nutrients and also helps keep it from getting soggy. Be patient your first time and try not to use your nails, because it can get nasty and it can hurt you under your nails. Place peeled, whole fruits in the oven. But they’re still delicious. Heat oil in a 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375°F. The Pioneer Woman participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. But when you pick it up, you realize it’s bigger, firmer and has a thick skin. Plantains can be found in the produce aisle of most grocery stores today. I am Romanian, so not accustomed to plantain, but I ate it around, and loved it, so I need to cook it myself :). Question: What is the best way to cook a plantain that is too ripe? Thank you so much! Plantains look like bananas, but unlike their doppelganger, plantains are almost always cooked before they're eaten. When I was in high school, I used to order a bag of plantain chips and a cold Malta for my afternoon snack. Love trying new recipes from other cultures. Trust me, I’ve made this rookie mistake. You are much appreciated for stopping by and commenting. They can be eaten raw but are best when fried. Are Liquor Stores Open on Thanksgiving in 2020? Fried, ripe plantains, on the other hand, tend to be very sweet and soft. Saute slices to soften them, then smash them with your fist and pan-fry them again for tostones. 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