I think I have addiction problems. The past 2 weeks, I have been eating “Matoke” aka Plantain aka “green bananas” on a daily. And by daily, I mean, breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday to Sunday. Crazy, right? It’s not healthy habit by all means. I should probably see a shrink or something. Been having these weird eating problems since January (probably my body’s way of dealing with the immense stress and chaos that is my life right at the moment). There was this week where I couldn’t eat anything and was surviving on Fanta Orange. Then there was this one where I was feeding on bread and black tea for all meals because the sight of food was repulsive. So this matoke rampage is more than welcome. The body gets what the body wants.
I have cooked the bananas in all possible ways I could imagine; some I liked and some I didn’t. My best so far were these matoke chips. It’s a sassy way of making your matoke. Most folks think this staple food is boring but after trying these out, you’d probably change your mind. It’s a very simple recipe.
-Oil and salt to taste
– Non-stick pan/ Griddle
– Black pepper (optional)
Peel your plantains and dip them in salty water ( To ensure your palms and fingers don’t get stained, grease your fingers with cooking oil or petroleum jelly)
After peeling, wash your bananas thoroughly, drain the water then chop them into circular disks or long strips as desired. I prefer mine in disks for ease of cooking.
Bring to boil the bananas in a saucepan of salty water for about 7 minutes or so depending on the quantity. (The goal here is to soften them just enough, not cook them all the way through. Your plantain should be stiff but half way cooked.
As soon as you achieve this, drain the plantains and rinse them in hot water.
Now heat a little oil in a pan; once hot, then add the plantain disks. Once one side is browned, flip over and repeat for the other side.
Remove from the pan onto a paper towel to absorb any extra oil.
Your Matoke chips are now ready. Season with a dash of black pepper or salt if you want to spice things up. Serve with an accompaniment of your choice. I had mine for breakfast accompanied with a fried egg.
NB// You can serve this as a side dish or a snack for when you ain’t too hungry