PLANTAIN Chips are crunchy Nigerian snacks made with either ripe or unripe plantains. When making it with ripe plantains, ensure that the plantains are just beginning to ripe and are still hard. This is so that they will be crunchy when done.
Plantain chips made with unripe plantains are bright yellow while those made with ripe plantains are deep yellow in colour.
Though many people run away from frying things but you can make a healthy plantain chips with oil of your choice to avoid too much cholesterol. It is also not something you eat everyday as snacks. If you don’t want it, your children need it because they are still growing. I prefer unripe plantain.
Vegetable Oil (quantity enough for deep frying)
- Salt to taste
Note: When making plantain chips with ripe plantains, ensure that the plantains are just beginning to ripe and still very hard. Soft plantains never get crunchy if used for this snack.
Step 1: Wash and peel the plantains.
Thinly slice the plantains into a bowl of water. It is advisable to use a vegetable slicer to slice the plantains to avoid knife cut. The water helps prevent the plantain slices from changing colour.
When done, add salt to taste and stir.
Transfer the plantain slices to a sieve to drain the water.
Step2: Heat some vegetable oil till hot.
Put the slices of plantain into the oil in such a way that they are not stuck together.
Stir till the plantains are bright yellow and crunchy. If using ripe plantains, they will be deep yellow.
Transfer the plantain slices to a sieve lined with paper towels.
To maintain a crunchy plantain chips, store in an air tight container but not until it has cooled down completely..
Plantain chips made with unripe plantains hardly absorb any oil while those made with ripe plantains absorb some of the vegetable oil during the frying process.
There you are! Enjoy your snacks