As promised, here is the recipe for plantain fried rice, one of the components that featured on my 2014 Christmas plate. It's a quick and easy idea for a side dish or a main meal and with some boiled rice already on hand, will be ready in a matter of minutes. This is a great way to turn leftover white rice into something effortlessly delicious.
You will need a large wok for this recipe, or any old large frying pan.
I have no idea if plantain fried rice is officially a thing but if you've tried it before, let me know your variation of it in the comments below.
- 2 cups cooked rice (brown, white, long-grain, basmati...whatever you fancy)
- 1 plantain (diced)
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2-3 spring onions (chopped)
- light soy sauce
- dash of sesame oil (optional)
Heat the sunflower oil in a large wok or frying pan. Add the diced plantain and fry for a couple of minutes until the pieces are brown on the outside. Add half of the spring onions, stirring constantly to keep them from burning.
Add the cooked rice and turn the heat down to medium. Stir gently to evenly distribute the plantain through the rice and to avoid crushing the plantain pieces unnecessarily.
Add a generous few splashes of light soy sauce and continue mixing for a couple of minutes until the rice is piping hot. Taste as you go along until you have the right amount of saltiness from the soy sauce. For some extra flavour, you can add a dash of sesame oil.
Garnish with the rest of the chopped spring onions. Serve hot...or warm...or cold...tastes good any which way :)