A list of 15 plantain recipes that will make you start cooking with plantains right away. These scrumptious recipes are more than just fried plantain side dishes, ranging from breakfast hashes to burritos, stews and curries, snacks and not forgetting heavenly doughnuts and dessert sweet treats.
I grew up on green banana dishes ranging from snacks to curries that I was very fond of as a kid. Back in the day, green bananas were a readily available source of carbohydrate from many people’s backyard. We did have a couple of banana trees in our own garden until they started to crack the walls and we sadly had to take them down.
When I moved out of the country, green bananas were not always easy to find as grocery stores over here mostly stock semi-ripe or ripe bananas. Plantains however, are often sold as green and yellow. Both the green and yellow ones aren’t ripe and are perfect substitutes in recipes that call for green bananas.
I also soon grew fond of ripe plantains in many recipes that I have yet to share. Plantains are ripe when the skin is completely black but they aren’t the same as ripe bananas though. In fact, they are pretty unpalatable when eaten raw and imperatively have to be cooked before eating.
Green plantains taste like a potato with a little more bite and denser flavour to it. Ripe plantains have more of a tropical flair to them; they are sweet with a distinct slight tartness. Both green and ripe plantains lend themselves to many delicious recipes. If you’ve never cooked with them before, once you do, you’d be wondering why you hadn’t given them a chance before.
Once you get the hang of a few recipes, plantains might very well become part of your weekly meal rotation. For one fact, they have a little more nutritious benefits compared to white potatoes. So, that’s one good enough reason but they are also very delicious.
Plantains may be a little difficult to peel, especially the green ones. The way I personally resolve this is for the green plantains is to boil them whole in their skin for 20 minutes. This softens the skin and make it a lot easier to just peel off. Boiling the plantains also improves the texture although this certainly depends on recipes.
While I am currently creating some more plantain recipes to share with you, I’ve gathered a list of 15 enticing recipes from my fellow blogger friends, using ripe or green plantains ranging from breakfast hashes, burritos, nachos, stews, curries, and not forgetting heavenly doughnuts and fudges or halwa.
Don’t forget to pick up a few plantains during your next grocery trip.