As you might have noticed, I am currently in Central America exploring all of the surprises that nature offers down here.
Today, I am focusing on plantains. They have a pretty big place in the daily meals here, they are cheap, and you can find them everywhere.
Plantains are part of the banana family. It is recommended to eat them cooked. They provide a lot of benefits such as:
- potassium which regulates your heartbeat and enables your muscles to function normally. It also helps a good digestion and have stronger bones
- Fiber. This can lower your cholesterol level and reduce your risk of heart disease. Fiber helps regulate blood sugar levels as well.
- Vitamin A : very good for your eyes, your immune system and helps communication with your cells in general
- Vitamin C: a number 1 required vitamin for your immune system
Now let’s prepare our meal of the day, super easy and full of delicious flavors.
Plantains with Carrots-Cabbage Curry
- 3 plantains, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 medium carrots
- 1/2 a small cabbage
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 heaping tsp turmeric
- 1 heaping tsp curry powder
- 1 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
- water, salt
- optional : moringa powder, shredded coconut
Tips: cutting a plantain for the first time can be quite intriguing. Just use a knife to trim the end and split the peel lengthwise. Your hands might get a little sticky from the natural latex present on the skin. It goes away very quick with a good wash!
- In a large pot, boil the sliced plantains until you can feel that it is soft with a fork. it should take approximately 20 minutes
- Cut the onions into thin slices
- Mince the garlic
- Cut the cabbage into thin slices and grate the carrots
- In a frying pan, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Add the onions and let them become dark for 2,3 minutes
- Lower the heat
- Add the turmeric and curry and mix for 30 seconds
- Add the carrots and cabbage, 1/8 cup of water and mix well
- Let cook for 10 minutes by stirring occasionally. You want the carrots and cabbages to be soft and flavorful. After 10 minutes, add 1/2 tsp of salt and the garlic. Stir so that everything gets combined. You can add shredded coconut if you like. It will bring a nice crunchy texture and tropical taste! Cook for another 3, 5 minutes and you are done with the curry!
- Once the plantains are boiled, strain them and add a little bit of salt and moringa powder on top for a final touch
- Serve warm and thank the sun for providing all these amazing flavors to your life!