Let’s Plantain!

One of the things I love about Kampala is the fact that plantains are easily available. ‘Gonja‘ as they are known here are steamed, fried, baked, roasted/ grilled and even make some crunchy tasty crisps that my son loves a bit too much!

I am always assured of help by my little sous chef when his fave is on the dinner menu.

With it’s constant presence in my kitchen, I have been trying different recipes and ways to cook this delicious vegetable/ fruit. Here are some of the ways we have had it so far, and I will be sure to share any more new recipes using them.

You can pan fry them and have them with wings and a salad.

One can also deep fry them if they are still firm, they are a great snack that way. I like them yellow almost black though, which makes them better suited for baking and pan frying as they are softer then. Deep frying the really ripe ones makes them absorb too much oil.

I like them this way.
If they are too ripe ,bake them into a lovely plantain bread. just mash/ blend them like you would bananas for banana bread.
You can fry them with little to no oil in a non stick pan and have them with yummy fried fish and a warm cabbage beetroot salad.
Easy oven baked plantains with a sausage stew and some coleslaw. Quick, easy and a hit with the kids.
Who said you can’t have mashed plantains. Steam them and mash with a splash of warm milk, some butter and some pepper. Have them with a nice stew. It is so YUMMY!!
Or pan fry them and have them with some spicy chicken and salsa.

I do not want to lie and say I have a favourite way of having them, they are that versatile and delicious on their own or with other sides. I want to try making them with coconut milk next. How do you like your plantain?

Quarantine baking.

This quarantine period has seen many people attempt to bake from home all over the world. It is so bad in some places that there are flour, sugar and yeast shortages because of it!

I am no bread baker, preferring to limit my great baking talents to banana bread and roasting vegetables, can’t mess that up right? In spite of having a gas oven that I can barely understand and not owning an oven thermometer I decided to give in to the bug and attempt to bake a loaf. I used the below recipe shared on an online baking group.

I used all purpose flour. And followed the recipe to get this lovely loaf that was so delicious.

Not bad for a first attempt right?

Now the bug really bit and I had to try some dinner rolls too.

I used the recipe from Chef Lola on YouTube here.

Had the rolls with some lovely pumpkin soup. Divine!

And because we have plantains in plenty here, I decided to bake some plantain bread on the stovetop using a double sided pan. I was quite happy with the outcome. This is the recipe I used. Pour the batter on the greased pan and cover. Place on a tawa or cast iron flat pan on medium low heat and bake for about 35 minutes then flip to brown evenly on both sides. Let bake for about 10-15 minutes.

Yummy Plantain bread, best way to deal with overripe plantains.

What have you been baking during the lockdown period?