So last week my family bought some green bananas at the supermarket but they just never got ripe. I’ve eaten green plantains before but never green bananas and I had no idea what to do with them. I couldn’t even get the peel off! Rather than throw them out, however, I did a little online searching and learned quite a bit. Green bananas are eaten throughout much of the Caribbean. They can be fried, pickled or incorporated into salads. Green bananas are often called “figs” and their flavor and starchy consistency makes them comparable to potatoes.
I decided to combine a couple recipes from online and the dish that I ended up with was actually quite tasty and easy to prepare! I will admit that the dish looked pretty unappetizing. The bananas and coconut milk combined to make a sort of gloopy gray creation and my family was somewhat hesitant to try it at first. Once they did, however, the comments were wholly positive and everyone went back for seconds. I don’t know how to make it more visually appealing but taste is what actually counts… right? The coconut milk flavor was lovely and combined with the onions and boiled bananas the dish was a good balance of lightly sweet and salty.
Serves four as a side
4 green bananas
1 cup coconut milk
1 small onion chopped
1 ½ teaspoon salt
few shakes of chile powder
a little canola oil
Cut off ends of the bananas and make a slice down each side, cutting through the peel but not into the fruit itself. Place in water and bring to boil.
While the bananas are boiling, sauté onions in a little oil in a pan until they begin to soften
After about 10 minutes remove the bananas from the boiling water. At this point the skins should peel off easily. Peel skins off and place them back in water for another 10 minutes or so.
When bananas are cooked, remove from water and slice.
Pour the water out of the pot and pour in the coconut milk, onion, sliced banana, salt, and chile powder.
Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once it boils turn off the flame and allow the bananas to cook in the coconut milk for a while longer. Then serve!
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