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 color. Unfortunately, plantain chips are not baked, they are fried. 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.
• Ripe/Unripe Plantain
• Vegetable Oil: enough for deep frying.
• Salt to taste
1. Wash and peel the plantains.
2. 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 color.
3. Once completed, add salt to taste and stir.
4. Transfer the plantain slices to a sieve to drain the water.
5. Heat some vegetable oil till hot.
6. 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.
7. Stir till the plantains are bright yellow and crunchy. If using ripe plantains, they will be deep yellow.
8. Transfer the plantain slices to a sieve lined with paper towels.
9. 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.