Fried Plantian & Coconut Rice

Wednesday, October 17, 2012



Inspired by a delicious meal I had at one of my local food carts, I decided to attempt to make fried plantain. I can say I was also inspired by trying to eat gluten free and coming up with more exciting meal so I don't miss my goldfish snacks too much. It's something I have been thinking about for quite awhile as I have some symptoms that may indicate I have a sensitivity. The only way to test, from my understanding, is to go gluten free for awhile and see if you feel better. For quite awhile I have been making almost all of my dinners gluten-free but the rest of the day hasn't been so easy! I am on day 9 or 10 and I have the worst brain fog and strange headaches. I was hoping this meant I actually NEED pasta (and lots of it in my diet) but according to my online research these "withdrawal" symptoms actually mean you probably/definitely are sensitive to gluten and that when you do have an intolerance the extra gluten (or something or other) binds to your brain receptors like an opiate - boiling it all down to a likeness of opiate withdrawal. Humph. (I would imagine based on my writing it will be clear I am not a doctor and to not take anything I say as medical advice, but I'll make an extra note here in case. I clearly state none of this as real knowledge or advice).

So onto the plantain!

What you need:

Plantains:
1-2 plantains
Coconut oil

Rice:

1 cup rice of choice (I used basmati)
Canned Coconut Milk (use instead of water, so however much your rice of choice would call for water)

Fresh Salsa:
1 Mango
1 lime
a bit of jalapeƱo
1 anaheim pepper
Cilatro

Beans:
1 can of black beans
Chopped onion
Chopped tomato
Salt/Pepper

Start your rice. Make it like you would anytime just replace the water with coconut milk. Cut your plantains in about 1/2 inch discs. Add a layer of coconut oil to pan on medium/high heat. Sautee your veggies for the beans in a small pot, add beans and let simmer until everything else is ready. Start salsa: cut all the ingredients into little cubes, squeeze lime over salsa and mix. Set aside. Begin to fry your plantains, cook them on each side until golden brown. Enjoy and serve with sangria if you have a good recipe for that - actually if you have a good recipe for sangria, let me know! OH, and obviously I also served mine with grilled shrimp, yum!

23 comments:

  1. Yummy! It looks beautifully delicious(If that just made sense!) I am kinda confused with Plantain, does it taste different from bananas or are they the same with different names?

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    1. plantain is less sweet than bananas and more starchy - which is why, i am guess, they are cooked with. i think they taste pretty sweet myself. i just know when they are fried up they are really yummy! i think they would be good served over ice cream too. ...with chocolate of course.

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  2. This looks so so good! Especially the banana, I can almost feel that texture on my tongue just looking at this picture.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    1. plantains are so pretty . . . on the inside ; ) i love the little pink tones.

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  3. Oh I love fried plantains! If you fry them then smash them then fry them again and sprinkle with salt, they taste like the most delectable and hearty chips. My sister makes these all the time. Yum!

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  4. Your diet looks delicious, but I know how hard it can be to switch over. I went vegan at one point but the evolution was so slow and steady from being vegetarian that I barely noticed it--I tried to go back but am so far from that diet that I caved and never made it. Hoping you find it easier and easier!

    xo Mary Jo

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    1. now that i am past the week mark i am realizing the only gluten i really ate regularly were all things that i didn't need anyway, like snack foods. i think it's one of those things that doesn't seem that bad once you actually do it. we shall see how i feel down the road though! bread is tough to give up!

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  5. Withdrawal?! No way! I have been seeing so many blog posts about gluten-free lately, and with all of these delicious looking recipes on blogs (just like this one!) I thought I would give it a try too. But I am thinking after the holidays... thinking of withdrawal symptoms and the fact that I probably won't be able to refrain from delicious Thanksgiving & Christmas food.

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    1. yeah, i really need a gluten-free pie crust recipe because that is just the epitome of holiday feasting for me . . . oh and stuffing . . . ah, i better get some recipes ready!! i can say while i still feel groggy, i am so much less bloated all the time and that's pretty awesome!

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  6. This recipe looks so delicious, Christine! And what an unusual combination, can't wait to try it myself. I also went on a gluten free diet once, but I didn't feel a big difference. Hope you figure out if you're sensitive to gluten or not soon!

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    1. thanks! i am going to do a test this week by eating brownies (i mean i better make it count, right?!) and see how i feel.

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  7. I grew up on plantains (sweet and green) and I can attest to their yumminess. Your picture is so vivid and inspiring (that's saying a lot for a non cook like me.) Hope you feel better soon!

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    1. okay, so are the yellow ones sweet?! because i always heard plantains aren't sweet but i think they are. must be that i just haven't had the green ones. thanks, santa! xo

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    2. The yellow ones are ripe (called "maduros" in Spanish)- those are sweet. The green ones are the ones that are not sweet (but also an experience so try to have those some time!) They can be made fried (tostones) or boiled and mashed (mangu). OK, this concludes the Plantain 101 class. lol

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    3. thanks santa! i feel much more informed about plantains now. i want to try the green ones mashed up. xo

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  8. That. Looks. Divine. I'm a sucker for coconut rice, it's literally my favorite part of eating Thai food, but I never would have attempted to make it at home. I'm going to bookmark this recipe and make my boyfriend whip it up one night, haha. Sorry to hear you might be gluten-averse! My doctor thought I might have Celiac a few months ago, but I'm in the clear. Hopefully you feel better soon!

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    1. yeah, coconut rice is my favorite! i definitely could never eliminate rice from my diet, i just love it too much. glad you don't have celiac, that's much worse! at least you can cheat if you only have an intolerance, which i fully plan on doing ; )

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  9. This looks so delicious! I just had dinner but looking at your food I could dig in again. Absolutely love coconut rice. It's also delicious when you add thyme to it while it's cooking...

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    1. wow, thanks for the tip! i would have never put those two together but thinking about it i could how it would be really delicious!

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  10. Mmmm, you had me at plantain! Your recipe is not only healthy (and it's a luxury in 2012 to eat a healthy meal) but also it looks soooooooo good!

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    1. you are so right! the one thing about eating gluten free is it really cuts out on processed foods and that's something i have been wanting to do forever!

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  11. This is indeed a delicious meal and I'm also amazed on how it is presented here. I will probably try this recipe soon and let my husband taste it. I guess he will love this especially that it uses coconut oil and coconut milk because these are his favorites.

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