Recipes/Cooking » What Is Plantain? by: Administrator(m) .:. Sat, 01 Mar, 2014 - 06:29:13:pm GMT
Re: What Is Plantain? by: Funmo(m) .:. Thu, 22 Jan, 2015 - 12:06:28:am GMT
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
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
1/3 cup melted butter
1- teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 -1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup oil optional
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.
2) PLANTAIN BREAD or CAKE
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
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.
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