Plantains are the most versatile vegetable you can grow. They're easy to grow, store well, and have a fantastic flavour that's perfect for so many dishes. Plantains are also one of the easiest vegetables to make into chips or fries. I'll show you how to make plantain chips from scratch in this blog post.
Before we get right into it, let us do a little background on plantains since we will be talking about plantain chips, but while we do that, you can check us out on niyis.co.uk. We are an online grocery store and we have got everything you would need to make your plantain chips at home, or even if you do not want to make them, we have a variety of plantain chips you would love to try these days
Also, I wrote a really fun blog about plantains, you might want to go through it; some recipes might interest you.
Background on Plantain
Plantain, the main group of genus Musa, is a staple food found in many tropical regions. It is also a common name for an unrelated plant of genus Plantaginaceae. It has more starch than common bananas, and should not be eaten raw. Unripe plantains have more starch and are usually boiled or fried into a wholesome and delicious dish. Ripe plantains, however, are often fried, and cooked with coconut juice or sugar for flavouring. Plantains can also be dried and milled into fine powder to make plantain flour.
Plantains are said to have come from Southeast Asia. Two kinds of plantains are said to develop in Africa, Egypt, India, and the tropical parts of America. In Indonesia and the Islands of the Pacific, the French plantains are also said to be grown. Plantains serve as an important ingredient for making beer in some areas of East Africa, eastern and central Uganda, and Tanzania. All over the world, plantains make up approximately 85% of all cultivation of bananas.
Plantains are packed with so many nutritional benefits — they are a good source of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins, and potassium.
What are plantain chips and where do they come from?
What are plantain chips?
Plantain chips, also known as kpekere in Nigeria, are a type of chip or fry that can be made from ripe and unripe plantains — mostly from unripe plantains though. Plantain chips are thinly sliced and then spiced and fried until golden and crispy. Plantain chips are a popular snack not only in Africa but also in Ecuador, Peru, and many parts of the world. Plantain chips are usually fried or baked, and they can be either sweet or savoury.
Where do plantain chips originate from?
As much as plantains chips are popular and eaten all over the world, they originally originate from West Africa.
The nutritional benefits of plantain chips
The nutritional benefits of plantain chips are numerous. Plantains are a good source of:
which can help to regulate digestion.
Vitamins A and C:
These are important for immunity and skin health.
This is essential for energy production.
This is necessary for proper muscle function and healthy blood pressure.
They're also low in fat and calories, which makes them a much healthier choice than all other chips. When made into chips, plantain chips provide all of these nutrients plus the added benefit of being crispy and delicious!
How to make plantain chips - a step-by-step guide
Now that you know all about plantain chips, it's time to learn how to make them! Here's a step-by-step guide:
- Ripe or unripe plantains
- Cooking oil
- Salt (optional)
- Ground pepper (optional)
Start by peeling the plantains. You can do this with a knife or with your hands. Then cut the plantains into thin slices (any shape you want), about ½ cm thick. Sprinkle with salt and ground pepper if desired.
Heat some oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the plantain slices to the hot oil and fry for about two minutes per side, or until they're golden brown and crispy. Remove from the heat and drain on some paper towels. Enjoy!
Delicious and healthy snack recipes that include plantain chips
There are so many ways to enjoy plantain chips! Here are a few of my favourite recipes:
- Plantain chips with guacamole:
This classic snack is always a hit! Simply dip your plantain chips in some homemade guacamole or store-bought guac.
- Plantain Chips and Salsa:
This recipe is a delicious and easy snack that only takes a few minutes to make. All you need is a bag of plantain chips, some salsa, and some lime juice.
- Plantain Chip Nachos:
These nachos are a fun and easy twist on traditional nachos. They're perfect for a party or game day gathering.
- Plantain Chip Pancakes:
These pancakes are a fun and unique breakfast option. They're made with plantain chips, eggs, and flour.
- Plantain Chip Waffles:
These waffles are a delicious and easy way to use up leftover plantain chips. They're perfect for a quick and easy breakfast or snack.
- Plantain Chips with Honey:
This recipe is a simple and delicious way to enjoy plantain chips. The sweetness of the honey pairs perfectly with the savoury flavour of the plantain chips.
- Plantain chips with dipping sauce:
For a bit of sweetness, try dipping your plantain chips in chocolate sauce, or even caramel sauce!
FAQs about plantain chips
Q: Can I make plantain chips without frying them?
A: Yes! If you want to avoid frying, you can bake your plantain chips instead. Just preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius/400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the plantain slices for 15-20 minutes, or until they're crispy.
Q: Can I make plantain chips without oil?
A: Yes, you can! If you want to make oil-free plantain chips, simply bake them in the oven as directed above. You can also try air frying them. Just add the plantain slices to your air fryer basket and cook at 200 degrees Celsius/400 degrees Fahrenheit for about ten minutes, or until they're crispy.
Q: How long do plantain chips last?
A: Plantain chips will last for about a week when stored in an airtight container.
Q: Can I freeze plantain chips?
A: Yes, you can freeze plantain chips! Just place them in a freezer-safe bag or container and they'll keep for up to six months.
Q: I have a plantain allergy. Can I still eat plantain chips?
A: No, you should not eat plantain chips if you're allergic to plantains. Plantain allergies are relatively rare, but they can cause serious reactions, such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat or face, and anaphylaxis. If you're allergic to plantains, be sure to avoid plantain chips and other plantain-containing products.
Q: I have a latex allergy. Can I still eat plantain chips?
A: Latex allergies are also relatively rare, but they can cause serious reactions in some people. If you have a latex allergy, you may be allergic to plantains. Therefore, you should avoid plantain chips and other plantain-containing products. If you're unsure whether or not you're allergic to plantains, talk to your doctor or an allergist. They can give you a skin prick test or blood test to determine if you're allergic.
Where to buy plantain chips online and in stores near you
If you do not want to prepare plantain chips yourself at home and you are looking for where to get them, I will like to have you know that you can get some at your local stores or supermarkets near you. If you are looking to get online, visit our website. Niyis.co.uk has a variety of plantain chips you can choose from.
If you, however, want to get ingredients that you can use to prepare your homemade plantain chips, then do not hesitate to check our online store. We sell a wide range of grocery items you could use, not only to prepare the plantain chips snack but other recipes for your cooking. From fresh plantains to vegetable oil, to chillies, meat, vegetables, and other types of grocery items. Try us, and you won’t be disappointed.
Fun facts about plantain chips
- Plantain chips are a popular snack food in many parts of the world, including Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia.
- Plantain chips are usually made from unripe plantains, which are also known as green plantains.
- Plantain chips can be fried, baked, or even air fried.
- Plantain chips are a healthy snack option because they're low in calories and fat. Plus, plantains are a good source of dietary fibre.
- Plantain chips are usually served with dipping sauces, such as salsa, guacamole, or honey.
There you have it — everything you need to know about plantain chips! I hope you enjoyed learning about plantain chips and will enjoy making and eating them as much as I do. And if you're feeling adventurous, try out one of the recipe ideas above. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
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