Banana fritters are a classic in Central and South American cuisine
The culinary journey this week goes to Central America where bananas are everywhere.
There are many different types of bananas – large, small, green, yellow, and red – but there are also many types of plantains.
Plantains are a bit more floury than edible bananas but less sweet in taste
They are comparable to sweet potatoes and can be used in a similar way.
Plantains are not suitable for eating raw, but they can be cooked in any way; baked, fried, deep-fried… thanks to their sweetness, they caramelize so beautifully.
In Central and South America, you’ll find yourself eating them every day in some form or another. They are called plàtanos.
They are also very tasty as chips
Just like potato chips here, they are eaten there as a snack. They come in many different varieties – refined with different spices.
My recipe today is not a snack, but a meal
In Costa Rica, where I have eaten many platanos, the spices are not so strong. That’s why my recipe for banana fritters today is not as spicy as you are used to from my recipes.
The platanos only get a little salt.
However, the tomato and onion sauce can be seasoned very well with some cajoun mix!
Actually, the plantains in this recipe are deep-fried. But to make them a little lighter, I baked them with oil in a frying pan.
The best way to peel plantains is to cut the skin lengthwise and then peel it off.
Here now the recipe, it is calculated for 4 people:
Banana fritter with tomato and onion sauce
- 2 plantains
- 2 large onions
- 1-2 cans of pelati peeled, chopped tomatoes or 3-4 fresh tomatoes (cut into pieces)
- oil for frying
- Salt/pepper to taste
- Ev. spices like cajoun mixture
- Peel plantains, cut into pieces about 4 cm long
- Shallow fry banana pieces in enough oil until golden brown on all sides. Drain on a paper towel
- Place two banana pieces next to each other and flatten them (this works very well between two plastic sheets, e.g. in a plastic bag with a flat pan).
- Shallow fry the flat bananas again in the oil and sprinkle with a little salt
Tomato and onion sauce
- Peel the onions and cut them into big pieces
- Fry in a little oil
- Then add tomatoes and continue cooking until everything is soft.
- Season with salt and pepper and if you like with a spice mixture like Cajoun