The few times I’ve been to Nyama Mama, I order Plantains as my side dish – WITHOUT FAIL. That has since spiraled into my current addiction to have it with everything.
So the other day, I went to the Game store* to specifically buy items that were on my shopping list when my eyes were drawn to a sign board with the letters “PLANTAINS” drawn on in big, bold letters. All of a sudden, these babies had my undivided attention. I could feel the fiery sparks flying across the room; magnetic pulls had me standing by the aisle within seconds of spotting these succulent looking fruit. Yaas!!! My English teacher would be proud of my linguistic finesse. Ha! Moving on…
Here’s the thing….I had never cooked Plantains in my life before. SO today was the D-day; the day that determines whether I deserve to be on Master Chef Anything!!!
I got home and the first thing I did was call my friend Patco for help. If I call you for culinary advice, well….you are more important to me than Google.
Maybe I do not have enough bundles to load videos…hehe.
Plantains are fairly easy to make to be honest. You can either roast them in the oven or deep/shallow fry them in a pan. Whichever is your preference, knock yourself out!
My first time making them, I decided to roast them in the oven for about 20 minutes in 180 degrees. Something like that. Did I enjoy them? Meh. They were alright. Master Chef Judges would be slightly disappointed at the lack of subtlety in my culinary skills.
The following day, I upped my game. No way am I failing at this! I decided to deep fry them. Now those… were BOMB dot com! Of course, knowing me, I’m going to try and be fancy shcmancy and put it in rice. Gordon Ramsay has nothing on me, son!
Anyways, truth be told, I remained with a few pieces of plantains and I needed that leftover rice from the fridge to be eaten; no better way to trick the family to eat leftover rice than to fancy-fy it? Ok, now my English teacher would spit on my face.
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
- Leftover white rice (1 cup)
- Red and green bell peppers
- White onion (1 medium sized)
- Beetroot (optional – it was going to get spoilt. So I forced it into the dish)
- Spices- Mixed herbs, Ginger, Salt, Cayenne Pepper and Cloves
- Coriander Leaves
- Coconut Oil and Vegetable Oil
And of course, the HERO ingredient…
-I started off by finely dicing the white onion.
-I heated a cooking pot in medium to high heat, then added 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
-As soon as the coconut oil melted, I reduced the heat to low and added the diced onions. I let it cook until they became translucent.
-In the meantime, I finely diced green and red bell peppers (about a handful each) and as soon as the onions became translucent, I tossed them into the pot.
-At this point, I added in a pinch of shredded beetroot. Again, this is an optional step.
-I toss everything together for about 1 minute and then added the spices. I eyeballed this one so I can’t give you exact measurements. But basically, a teaspoon of each should do.
-I let everything marry together for another 2 to 3 minutes before adding in the leftover rice.
-After adding in the rice, I tossed them together ensuring that the white rice is evenly coated in the mix.
-Switched off the stove after another 2minutes and proceeded with the plantains.
-I diced them into thin circular shapes.
– I filled a pan with vegetable oil (which is at least 3 inches in depth) and placed it on high heat.
– Once the pan was hot enough, I carefully dropped the sliced plantain into the hot oil.
– I fried each side for 2 minutes or until golden brown.
-I pulled them out and placed them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
PS I wanted them to be crunchy so I made sure I didn’t overcrowd the pan which normally drops the temperature of the oil.
Going back to the stir fried rice… I tossed in the fried plantains, roughly chopped a handful of coriander leaves and mixed them all together.
Voila!!! This was the beautiful result!!!! Somebody call Food Network to endorse me, yo!!! haha
It’s a seriously Lit Plantain Party in my mouth! Yaas!!!
By the way, how cute is this cooking pot? Yes, it is a cooking pot AND can be a serving dish too!!!
and about me being in the Master Chef league, it’s a joke! haha if you follow the Australian one, please don’t tell me who wins coz i’m going to kill you! I’m still on Episode 48.
Until Next time, Foodies!!!
Love (for Food) Always,
Koko X Spice
*Plantains are a rare commodity in Kenya; If you do not find them at Game, you can try finding them at City market, Ngara and/or Zucchini.