First off, in case you are wondering whether a plantain is a banana, it actually is a member of the banana family, only starchier and lower in sugar. This means it tends to maintain its green colour even when it is ripe. Native to India and the Caribbean, the plantain is a staple food throughout much of Africa. In East Africa this is an especially popular food item. Add a touch of Swahili with Coconut milk and plantain suddenly becomes a delicious accompaniment for any curry dish. Plantains are rich in fiber, potassium and vitamins A, B and C.
- 3-4 peeled plantains, sliced.
- 1/2 tsp. salt.
- 1 tsp. curry powder.
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.
- 1/8 tsp. cloves.
- 1-2 cups coconut milk.
- Peel the plantain and cut into slices, or into quarters by slicing once lengthwise and once across the middle.
- In a saucepan, combine all ingredients except coconut milk.
- Heat slowly, stir gently, and add coconut milk little by little until all is absorbed.
- Simmer until the plantain is tender.
- Add a little water if necessary.
- Serve hot.