Aaah, Ghanaians and Nigerians love their plantain chips, it’s eaten usually as a snack and it’s popularly sold as street food. I think plantain chips could appear on the top five ‘street food snacks on the go’ in both countries. We love them so much we have different flavours & sweetness. Some prefer the green plantain chips, for others it’s the half ripe plantain chips and for some the sweet ones made from a firmly ripe plantain. This is one snack both Ghanaians and Nigerians have been quite innovative with in terms of flavour. It was traditionally made with just salt but these days, we have kelewele, jollof, suya, sugar, salt & pepper flavours you name it. Any flavour you love can be added to these chips so feel free to experiment with the basic recipe I have shared with you here. As Christmas is just nigh, plantain chips are always a perfect edible gift to give away without breaking your pocket.
- 2 Green Plantains
- Salt to taste or Suya Spice
- Oil for frying
- Wash and peel the green plantains.
- Thinly slice the plantains into either rounds or oblong shapes. Use a mandolin or food processor.
- Lightly salt the plantain. You can add suya pepper or any spice you love to it. This is optional.
- Half fill a small pot with oil and place on the hob to heat up. To check that the oil is hot enough, place a tiny piece of plantain in the oil and when it rises up and fries until golden brown, it means the oil is ready for use.
- Once hot start frying small batches of the plantain, separating each round as you place them in the oil. You may need to lower the heat to help the plantain to cook thoroughly and crunch up without browning too quickly. Stir continuously to distribute the heat evenly.
- Fry until golden brown. Don’t let it brown as it will be bitter to the palate. As soon as it has crunched up and golden brown, remove from the oil and drain on kitchen towels.
- Let it cool down and place in an air tight container or package them in gift bags or container as gifts for friends.