Plantain Recipes - African, Haitian, and Medicinal
Fried Plantain Recipe
Here's a nice little collection of plantain recipes that would be common to both African and Haitian diets. Plantain bananas are to be cooked before being eaten, and can be boiled, steamed, baked or fried.
A Haitian Fried Plantain Recipe Video
While a team of us were in Vignier, Haiti, we were well looked after at the work site each day. With the help of some family and young girls in the community, our hostess served us delicious lunches.
I took the opportunity to video them in the kitchen one morning, while they were preparing the meal for that particular day. Have a look!
This Haitian fried plantain was prepared slightly different than the
peeled plantain - about one per person
cut the plantain into slices
fry in hot oil
dip them in salted water
return to the hot oil and fry them again, until golden brown
This is a 'western' version of plantain, without the extra calories from the more traditional recipe fried in oil.
Plantain, peeled and ends cut off
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
Coat nonstick cookie sheet with cooking spray
Cut each plantain diagonally into 1/2" slices
Arrange in single layer and spray with cooking oil spray
Bake for 15 minutes - or less - turning occasionally, until tender and golden brown.
Plantain for Medicinal Uses
There are many medicinal uses for plantain, and we've included some herbal plantain recipes for you as well. These are suggestions for your enjoyment only. We are not making any medical claims by sharing them with you.
Herbal Plantain Tea
This medicinal herb tea would be used for colds and flu.
1 tablespoon dry or fresh whole plantain (root, leaves, and seed)
1 cup boiling water
Put plantain in the boiling water
Steep about 10 minutes
Strain and sweeten to taste
Drink throughout the day
Healing Plantain Salve
1 lb chopped plantain plant - use entire plant
1 cup lard
Cook the plantain and lard down, until mushy and green
Strain while still hot, then let it cool
Use on burns, insect bites, sores and rashes. Also used as a facial night cream for wrinkles.
Healthy Plantain Bananas
As you can see, plantain has numerous uses in both the kitchen and for herbal remedies.
The fruit itself is low in fat, and high in starch and dietary fiber. It's also low in cholesterol and salt, is a good source of vitamins A, B6, and C. The plantain leaves, when cooked properly, are known to be good for treating diabetes.