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. Please note that we do not make these with bananas. We do not cook, fry or roast bananas in Nigeria.
I have never baked Plantain Chips in the oven neither have I seen that done. You can try that and see how it goes if you do not want to deep-fry it.
- Ripe/Unripe Plantain
- Vegetable Oil: 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.
Before you fry the plantain
- 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. 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.
- Heat some vegetable oil till hot.
- Put the slices of plantain into the oil in such a way that they are not stuck together. See the video for how I do this.
- 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.
- Store in air-tight containers when they have cooled down completely and munch away whenever you want.
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.