Plantain Fritters

Plantains are also known as cooking bananas and are popular through Central and South America and Africa. They are a versatile food that you can do a variety of savoury dishes with. They are a healthy food due to being rich in resistant-starch, which is a prebiotic that feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut. This is a recipe for plantain fritters, called Tostones from the Caribbean. The recipe uses green / unripe plantains, which are highest in resistant starch. And they are super easy to make, all you need is plantains and oil for frying.

INGREDIENTS

4 unripe plantains
A good quality oil for frying (olive oil, coconut oil, or ghee)
Salt and smoked paprika for seasoning

METHOD
  1. Unripe plantains aren’t easy to peal compared to ripe ones so you’ll need to peel the plantains using a pairing knife or thick peeler.
  2. Once peeled, slice the plantains into approximately 1cm rounds (on the diagonal).
  3. On a moderate heat, warm enough oil for shallow frying in a heavy based frying pan.
  4. Add the plantains to the oil and shallow fry on each side for a couple of minutes. (You may need to do a couple of batches)
  5. Remove from the pan, placing on a paper towel.
  6. The trick is then to squash the cooked plantains down with a spatula or egg flip, then fry them a second time on both side until golden.
  7. Remove from the pan, placing on paper towel.
  8. Sprinkle with smoked paprika and sea salt and they are ready to serve.
  9. Perfect for a delicious snack or as a side as an alternative to grains or potato.