Monday, 23 March 2015

Coconut crusted raw plantain fries - shallow fried

Amazingly crispy , crunchy, perfectly seasoned fries made with raw plantains. Shallow fried and then quickly crisped in the oven for more crunch. So easy to make and can be made in less than 20 minutes. Plantains are marinated with spice powder for 10 minutes and then coated with coconut and breadcrumbs and shallow fried. A must try recipe ! These are so delicious and better than French fries. I promise !

Yield : About 25 fries


  • 1 Raw plantain / raw banana
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red chilli powder / red chilli flakes
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon turmeric powder
  • a pinch of dried thyme
  • a pinch of dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon corn flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon vegetable oil to shallow fry

To coat

  • 1/2 Cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup toasted coconut
  • 1/4 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • a pinch of salt to season breadcrumbs


1. Peel remove the thick green skin of raw plantain and then chop them into long thin pieces like fries and set aside
2. Sprinkle red chilli powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, thyme , oregano, salt and gently toss to evenly coat the plantain with spice powder
3. Set aside for 10 minutes
4. Meanwhile in a large plate add bread crumbs. season it with salt and pepper. Set aside
5. In a separate plate, add toasted coconut and set aside
6. In a frying pan, heat oil to shallow fry
7. After 10 minutes, sprinkle corn flour on the plaintain. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon water and toss it.

8. Now take 2 or 3 plantain fingers at a time. Roll each one in breadcrumbs mixture first. Gently press so that bread crumbs will stick over the moist plantain
9. Then roll each plantain finger in toasted coconut and gently press. Repeat step number 8 and 9 for the rest of the plantain finger and set aside in a plate
10. Start frying : When the oil is hot in the frying pan, place 4 to 5 plantain fingers on the pan and shallow fry them on  medium flame. Flip sides and fry until they are nice golden and crispy

11. Drain immediately on a paper towel
12. Once you finish frying all the plantain fingers, arrange them on a baking tray
13. Bake quickly in a preheated oven at 200 C for 3 to 4 minutes until they are more crispier
14. Serve immediately with your favourite dip

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