Try these Baked Plantain Chips for a quick and healthier snack, topping or side – crisp, lightly spiced and awesome!
Have you had plantains? They’re a part of the Banana family, eaten when green, starchier, nutritious and very delicious! Whether cooked soft with coconut and fennel or fried crisp and seasoned with spices, it’s a very versatile vegetable used extensively all over Asia.
It’s one of my favourite sides to have with a steaming plate of rice and sambar (South Indian lentil stew) – and since it was usually deep-fried, I had to exercise a lot of caution to prevent binge-eating (easier said than done!). Not anymore – because these Plantain chips are BAKED! Woo hoo!
And it doesn’t even take that long, plus there’s no standing over a hot vat of oil, stinking up the house in an oily sheen for days! Ugh, I hate living in carpeted, air-conditioned hell, although, it’s making me deep-fry less and drives me to find baked (healthier) options. So I guess, I shouldn’t really be complaining about that.
Toss the sliced plantains in oil, season with salt and spices and arrange in a single-layer on a baking tray. If you want, you can just season with salt and toss in the spices after it’s baked! Either way, it tastes great!
And voila! Perfection – crisp, spicy and not doused in oil!! I dare you to not eat the entire batch as soon as it comes out of the oven! Go on, I dare ya!
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