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.
4 unripe plantains
A good quality oil for frying (olive oil, coconut oil, or ghee)
Salt and smoked paprika for seasoning
- 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.
- Once peeled, slice the plantains into approximately 1cm rounds (on the diagonal).
- On a moderate heat, warm enough oil for shallow frying in a heavy based frying pan.
- 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)
- Remove from the pan, placing on a paper towel.
- 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.
- Remove from the pan, placing on paper towel.
- Sprinkle with smoked paprika and sea salt and they are ready to serve.
- Perfect for a delicious snack or as a side as an alternative to grains or potato.