Tuesday, 12 March 2013

BOILED PLANTAIN

Plantain is one of the top staple foods in Nigeria. As a kid, I would eat it for lunch almost every single afternoon after school. It was just what I needed to make the homework hour(s) go by painlessly.

I reckon the most popular way to eat them is sliced thinly and fried in vegetable oil to brown on both sides. And indeed, that's how I enjoyed them with my steaming plate of jollof rice this evening.

But if you're trying to live a healthier lifestyle then it's probably best to cut down on the fried version. Boil them instead for 20-25 min in unsalted water and serve with your favourite veg stew (why not try it with some efo riro?).

4 comments:

  1. this looks so yummy...I normally eat boiled plantain with a saucer of red oil, salt, and hot peppers...I know, not the healthy way...I'll try this instead:)

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    1. Ohh, I haven't tried that combination before. Sounds like something to have as an occassional treat! yum

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  2. Im all for healthier options to regular meals. May I suggest that to make the meal even healthier try steaming the plantain (with skin on)rather than boiling it in water as some of the nutrients will be lost other options are to bake in a conventional oven or Halogen oven, it comes out like roasted plantain or as 'boli' as we call it in Lagos!*Remember to remove the skin just before eating it.

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    1. Fantastic suggestions there! I plan on making 'boli' at some point in the near future - I've tried it a few times before and absolutely love it. Thanks for visiting the site :)

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