Plantains Vs Green Bananas

Can you tell the difference between plantains and green bananas?
Green bananas and Ripe plantains
Did you know that all plantains are bananas but not all bananas are plantains? Plantains are part of the banana family. They are more starchy and have less sugar compared to bananas. Due to the high starch content plantains are usually cooked before eating. Whether ripe or unripe there are many ways to prepare them. Green bananas or matoke as we call them here in Kenya are mainly used to make a banana curry (matoke). They are also good in making matope chips. Unripe green bananas when left to ripen result in ripe bananas which are very sweet. Ripe bananas can be enjoyed as a healthy snack on the go or used in a myriad of recipes; pancakes, bread, ice cream etc Now the main physical difference between plantains and greens bananas is that plantains have narrow and elongated ends that seem pointy. Whereas green bananas have short, rounded ends.
Notice the different ends?
Also when it comes to the peel the plantains have thicker skin which as they ripen thins out. Peeling plantain is rather easy, you snip off the ends, make a slit along the length of the plantain then using your hands remove the peels. For green bananas, one needs to run the knife underneath the peel to remove. Green bananas also have a sap that stains the hands and knife, I’ve found applying come cooking oil before handling prevents this. You can also cook with the peels and remove later.
Plantain and green banana
A quick and easy way to enjoy either plantains or green bananas is by frying them. You can choose to shallow or deep fry. Baking is also an option. The green plantain is twice fried to make tostones (popular in Latin America and Caribbean cuisine). One fries some green plantains rounds, then smashes them with a heavy bottomed glass then fries them again. The ripe plantains are the perfect side for savoury dishes as the sweetness of the plantains contrast curries beautifully. Matoke chips are also a lovely snack to make using green bananas. Lovely substitute for fries. There you have it, how to tell plantains from green bananas.
In Nairobi and its environs here are the few places you are likely to get plantains.
  • Ngara market
  • City park market
  • Zucchini Grocers
  • Quickmart (I usually buy from the Ruiru one)
  • ShopRite (I’ve ever bought from the Garden City one)
  • Carrefour
If you can, get from the market, they tend to have better pricing than the stores. Happy cooking. Video  
 

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Table runner came with the dinning table.
Ready for the holidays. Dinner set from @luminarc_kenya (#AD) Green placemats MRPHome Red cloth napkins, Kenyan Linen Drapers along Biashara street Gold bottles , old DIY project Table runner came with the dinning table.
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I love making, plating and eating pancakes.

These plantain pancakes are such a crowd pleaser. I love to serve with some butterscotch sauce and pan fried plantain slices. Delicious. 

Recipe in my cookbook, The Little Veggie Cookbook. Order via the link on my profile.

#pancakeparty #TheLittleVeggieCookbook
I love making, plating and eating pancakes. These plantain pancakes are such a crowd pleaser. I love to serve with some butterscotch sauce and pan fried plantain slices. Delicious. Recipe in my cookbook, The Little Veggie Cookbook. Order via the link on my profile. #pancakeparty #TheLittleVeggieCookbook
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With the holidays upon us, I know I'll be throwing dinner parties be it for my family or for friends.

Let's unbox these items that I intend to use this festive season.

Cookware : Pyrex
Tableware: @luminarc_kenya 

38*27cm 4L pyrex oval roaster 1600/
Pyrex rectangle casserole 3000/
Fleurs de bach 46piece Luminarc set 12,000

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With the holidays upon us, I know I'll be throwing dinner parties be it for my family or for friends. Let's unbox these items that I intend to use this festive season. Cookware : Pyrex Tableware: @luminarc_kenya 38*27cm 4L pyrex oval roaster 1600/ Pyrex rectangle casserole 3000/ Fleurs de bach 46piece Luminarc set 12,000 #AD
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I was gifted some salmon by @ibrahims_butchery and I made it for dinner.
They currently have an offer on salmon. 

It's my first time making salmon, yep! 

It's a play on garlic butter salmon though I used olive oil instead since I didn't have butter.

Absolutely delicious.

I served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed) and some garlicky french beans (recipe in my cookbook)
I was gifted some salmon by @ibrahims_butchery and I made it for dinner.
They currently have an offer on salmon. 

It's my first time making salmon, yep! 

It's a play on garlic butter salmon though I used olive oil instead since I didn't have butter.

Absolutely delicious.

I served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed) and some garlicky french beans (recipe in my cookbook)
I was gifted some salmon by @ibrahims_butchery and I made it for dinner. They currently have an offer on salmon. It's my first time making salmon, yep! It's a play on garlic butter salmon though I used olive oil instead since I didn't have butter. Absolutely delicious. I served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed) and some garlicky french beans (recipe in my cookbook)
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Leftover meat sauce, how about a sandwich?

Delicious!
Leftover meat sauce, how about a sandwich? Delicious!
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Blueberry Filling.

Perfect for cakes, pies, topping on pancakes , ice cream, served with yoghurt etc.

What are you using this filling for?

This can also work with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries....

Glass bowl @luminarc_kenya 
Jars from @bonappetitkenya 

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Blueberry Filling. Perfect for cakes, pies, topping on pancakes , ice cream, served with yoghurt etc. What are you using this filling for? This can also work with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries.... Glass bowl @luminarc_kenya Jars from @bonappetitkenya #ad
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Reason 1564 you need a Dutch oven.
No knead artisan bread.

Made this for the first time today, process in my stories. I loved the outcome, I'm making another one.

The Dutch oven I used is a beautiful teal colour. It's 26cm. It's by @bonappetitkenya

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Reason 1564 you need a Dutch oven.
No knead artisan bread.

Made this for the first time today, process in my stories. I loved the outcome, I'm making another one.

The Dutch oven I used is a beautiful teal colour. It's 26cm. It's by @bonappetitkenya

#AD
Reason 1564 you need a Dutch oven.
No knead artisan bread.

Made this for the first time today, process in my stories. I loved the outcome, I'm making another one.

The Dutch oven I used is a beautiful teal colour. It's 26cm. It's by @bonappetitkenya

#AD
Reason 1564 you need a Dutch oven.
No knead artisan bread.

Made this for the first time today, process in my stories. I loved the outcome, I'm making another one.

The Dutch oven I used is a beautiful teal colour. It's 26cm. It's by @bonappetitkenya

#AD
Reason 1564 you need a Dutch oven. No knead artisan bread. Made this for the first time today, process in my stories. I loved the outcome, I'm making another one. The Dutch oven I used is a beautiful teal colour. It's 26cm. It's by @bonappetitkenya #AD
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What could you eat every day without getting bored?

Me, eggs.

Made some sunny side up eggs with some kienyeji eggs courtesy of my mother's chickens. Thanks Mum.

Served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed), arugula and avocado. 

Delicious.
What could you eat every day without getting bored?

Me, eggs.

Made some sunny side up eggs with some kienyeji eggs courtesy of my mother's chickens. Thanks Mum.

Served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed), arugula and avocado. 

Delicious.
What could you eat every day without getting bored?

Me, eggs.

Made some sunny side up eggs with some kienyeji eggs courtesy of my mother's chickens. Thanks Mum.

Served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed), arugula and avocado. 

Delicious.
What could you eat every day without getting bored? Me, eggs. Made some sunny side up eggs with some kienyeji eggs courtesy of my mother's chickens. Thanks Mum. Served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed), arugula and avocado. Delicious.
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It's been one year since the launch of my debut book, The Little Veggie Cookbook.

It's been amazing to see your support. From buying the book to trying the recipes to even making some of the meals a family staple, yeah I see you lovers of mujaddara.

To celebrate this occasion, there will be a week long sale starting today. The book will be 15% off thus 1700/ for the hardcopy and 850/ for the ebook.
Use coupon code VEGGIEVEMBER on check out to access the discount.
Happy shopping.

Order via https://leotunapika.com/shop/
It's been one year since the launch of my debut book, The Little Veggie Cookbook.

It's been amazing to see your support. From buying the book to trying the recipes to even making some of the meals a family staple, yeah I see you lovers of mujaddara.

To celebrate this occasion, there will be a week long sale starting today. The book will be 15% off thus 1700/ for the hardcopy and 850/ for the ebook.
Use coupon code VEGGIEVEMBER on check out to access the discount.
Happy shopping.

Order via https://leotunapika.com/shop/
It's been one year since the launch of my debut book, The Little Veggie Cookbook.

It's been amazing to see your support. From buying the book to trying the recipes to even making some of the meals a family staple, yeah I see you lovers of mujaddara.

To celebrate this occasion, there will be a week long sale starting today. The book will be 15% off thus 1700/ for the hardcopy and 850/ for the ebook.
Use coupon code VEGGIEVEMBER on check out to access the discount.
Happy shopping.

Order via https://leotunapika.com/shop/
It's been one year since the launch of my debut book, The Little Veggie Cookbook. It's been amazing to see your support. From buying the book to trying the recipes to even making some of the meals a family staple, yeah I see you lovers of mujaddara. To celebrate this occasion, there will be a week long sale starting today. The book will be 15% off thus 1700/ for the hardcopy and 850/ for the ebook. Use coupon code VEGGIEVEMBER on check out to access the discount. Happy shopping. Order via https://leotunapika.com/shop/
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