Fried plantains fondly called “dodo” in Nigeria are one of my favourite food, especially the ripe ones cos they are so sweet (great comfort food). In Nigeria, there are quite a number of ways to prepare plantains such as fried plantains, boiled plantains,plantain porridge, fried ripe and unripe plantain chips,roasted/grilled plantains a.k.a boli, and recently I just discovered a dish native to the people in Rivers State of Nigeria (thanks to my friend Ine’s mum). In Rivers State, the Bonny tribe call it “Opopo” and the Okirika tribe call it “Onunu”, she described it as boiled ripe plantains and boiled yams pounded together with palm oil and some salt (seems like a mashed plantain mix); it is eaten as a side with peppersoup. I look forward to eating this dish and making it myself sometime in the near future, and when I do, you all will be the first to know.
Plantains are also served as small shops/starters in parties or eaten with a variety of other dishes; whether as a side or as the main dish. Such dishes include; beans porridge, rice,eggs or egg stew,tomato stew, peppersoup etc, In fact, I recently discovered that you could also make plantain salad with boiled or fried plantains, I tried it out and fell in love with the dish. Here is the link to my plantain salad recipe
So if you are in need of some comfort food; then try out some fried plantains today!!!
- 1 ripe plantain
- Oil, vegetable,canola, or olive ( enough for the plantains to be completely immersed in)
- Salt, to taste,optional
- Wash and peel off the plantain skin; then cut it into thin bite size pieces ( You can slice the plantain pieces into any shape of your choice e.g. circular,moon shaped,rectangular, cubed etc. just ensure that the pieces are thin/small enough so that they fry properly)
- In a large skillet/frying pan, preheat oil over medium high heat
- Fry the plantain pieces for about 5-7 minutes or until they are browned and tender. Drain excess oil on paper towels.
- Eat alone or serve with any of the suggested sides I mentioned above