Recipes/Cooking » What Is Plantain? by: Administrator(m) .:. Sat, 01 Mar, 2014 - 06:29:13:pm GMT

What is Plantain classified as?

Banana is definitely a fruit, but can we say that of Plantain as both banana and plantain are of one family?



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Re: What Is Plantain? by: Funmo(m) .:. Thu, 22 Jan, 2015 - 12:06:28:am GMT


PLANTAIN: 1 FRUIT, MANY FOODS


Oh my, the plantain is such a wonder. Just from it, you can make like five or more yet-to-be-discovered-recipes. Let the chef take you on a journey of making some recipes of and off the great plantain.


1 RAW PLANTAIN

This one is called "eat it like that". When the plantain is ripe enough(i.e soft and yellowish), it's ready to be eaten. Just Peel it, and eat. But you may take it with the peels too, you are only on your way to create a new recipe


2 COOKED PLANTAIN

The cooked form is another delicacy the mouth always savour. A semi-ripe or ripe plantain is put in a boiling water, either with it's Peel on or off, after few minutes of cooking, it becomes ready for the dish.

3 FRIED PLANTAIN

Perhaps, the most often-prepared type of plantain recipe. The plantain is peeled, sliced into bits, and poured into an already-hot vegetable or palm oil. It's turned around minutes after, left to get done and then eaten.

4 PLANTAIN CHIPS

This is similar to fried plantain, only that the plantain is fried whilst still in it's most raw form. Salt and sugar are added, and there you go - Viola!!! Plantain chips.

5 SMOKED PLANTAIN

This is one of the best natural fast food. It's best eaten along with groundnuts. The plantain is peeled, and put on a sort of warm-mild furnace. Left to cook for few minutes after having turned it all around and your food is ready. It's called "bole" in some parts of Nigeria.





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Re: What Is Plantain? by: Dynameak(f) .:. Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 12:54:42:pm GMT

Bananna belongs to musa spp (species) and there are various species which plantain is one of them. Plantain is from the plantae kingdom and it's botanical name is Musa × paradisiaca. Musa × paradisiaca is the accepted name for the hybrid between Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana.

Commonly, banana is consumed just as it as after taking the outer layer off but plantain is more concentrated in cooking as it serves a lot of purposes in food presentation. Plantain is popularly known as cooking banana. The edible fruit of plantain bananas has more starch than the common dessert banana and is not eaten raw. Plantain bananas have the most starch before they ripen, thus they are usually cooked green, either boiled or fried, in savory dishes. Also, plantains may also be dried for later use in cooking or ground for use as a meal, which can be further refined to a flour.

Plantains are starchy fruits and are a staple food source in many tropical areas. Below are two plantain recipes that I learnt from a great chef.

1) PLANTAIN PANCAKES

Ingredients:

2 medium overly ripe plantains= 1 cup puree

1 1/2 cups flour

2/3- cup milk

3/4 cup water (add more if too thick)

¼ cup sugar adjust to taste

5 eggs

1/3 cup melted butter

1- teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 -1 teaspoon nutmeg

½ cup oil optional

Direction:

Cut up peeled plantains. Add to blender and blend until puree. You may do so with a potato masher. Then add the rest of the ingredients and pulse several times until all the ingredients have thoroughly mixed. Scrape the sides if need be and do one last pulse.

Let the batter rest for about 30 mins or more in the refrigerator or overnight.

Heat a skillet or a non stick frying pan then lightly coat the hot pan with vegetable oil, cooking spray, or clarified butter. Then pour about a ½ cup of batter depending on your fry pan or skillet. Tilt pan so the batter spreads across the bottom of the pan. Cook the pancake for about 1 minute on each side, or until the bottom is light brown.

Serve hot with coconut sauce, cinnamon sugar, powder sugar or syrup.

Bon Appetit

2) PLANTAIN BREAD or CAKE

Ingredients:

Ingredients

2 large plantains

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups sifted cake flour

8 tablespoon unsalted butter

¾ cup granulated sugar plus 2 Tablespoons

1/3 cup yogurt or sour cream

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1 tablespoon grated lime

1/4 cup milk

Direction:

Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/325°F.

Grease a loaf pan generously with cooking spray and set aside.

Peel plantains, slice and puree in a food processor, or blender until puree. Set aside.

Combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar at high speed in a stand mixture until it's fluffy and starting to look white, about 3- 4 minutes. Then add yogurt and mix for another minute

Stir in the eggs, a little at a time, beating the mixture well between each addition. Then add plantain puree, mix until combine.

Sift in the flour mixture into the batter, mixing a little at a time and then add the grated lime zest, and nutmeg, followed by milk

Stir well until everything is fully combined. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.

Pour batter into a greased cake pan. Tap pan on work surface to eliminate any large air bubbles.

Bake at 325 until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45-50minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Allow bread to get cool, then slice and serve as preferred.

Bon Appetit


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