Plantains or "cooking bananas" are the fruit of Musa Paradisaca, a type of banana plant. It is a staple food and crop in many parts of Africa. Unlike a banana, plantain must be cooked to be eaten. It can be served boiled, steamed, baked or fried. In Congo, plantains are called makemba and usually made with Pili Pili spice.
4 ripe plantains, the more yellow the plantain is, the sweater
1 tsp thirteen Pili Pili spice
1 tsp salt
- Make a faint slit down the back of the plantain and use your hands to gently peel off the skin like you would a banana.
- Cut long medium-thin slices through the plantain. You can make them as thick or thin as you want. Cooking times may vary
- Put sliced plantains in a bowl, add salt and our Pili Pili spice
- Toss to mix and let it marinate for 5-7 minutes
- Heat oil to medium heat in a frying pan
- Fry plantains for two minutes, flip and fry for one minute until golden-brown
- Take out the plantains using a spider spoon and place them on a plate with a paper towel to get rid of the excess oil.
Can be eaten as a snack or with rice, stew, meat and vegetables etc. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Tools & Equipment
- Cutting board
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring spoon
- A frying pan
- A spider spoon