Taste of Ghana: Red Red & Fried Plantain


>> Red Red & Fried Plantain << 

This Ghanaian dish easily became my absolute favorite while I was in Ghana.  It is extremely yummy and very healthy (despite the fried plantain)  Also, for any of my readers who might be vegetarian, this dish is for you too – as it is a vegetarian dish ;)
Hope you all enjoy this dish as much as I do!

I N G R E D I E N T S  :
1 lb. Dried black-eyed pea beans*
* you can use red, black, or pinto beans in this recipe if you don't want to use the suggested
½ – ¾ c. palm or Canola oil
1 medium onion
1 Tablespoon ginger
½ teaspoon garlic
2 tomatoes
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 Tablespoon paprika
1/3 c. dried shrimp
2 – 3 c. stock/water
1 Tablespoon chicken bouillon powder/cube
2 – 3 green onions chopped
Salt and pepper as needed
1 habanero pepper (optional; however this is what makes the dish)


I N S T R U C T I O N S  :
~ Rinse and dry black-eyed pea beans and pick through and discard any foreign object.  Add beans to a large pot covering with 3 – 4 inches of cold water.
~ Cover and let sit overnight or 6 to 8 hours
~ Drain the soaked beans, rinse, and place the beans in a Dutch oven or pressure cooker.  Follow instructions for cooking beans in your pressure cooker.  It takes roughly between 8 – 12 minutes to cook.  If you aren't using a pressure cooker, cook the beans for about 50 – 60 minutes or until beans are tender.
~ Drain the cooked beans and set aside
~ If using canned beans you should start from here
~ Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat until hot.  Saute the onions in the oil for 3 – 4 minutes, stirring often and scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot
~ Add tomatoes, ginger, garlic, paprika and bouillon powder/cubes.  Cook while stirring for about 60 seconds
~ Throw in the dried shrimp and let it simmer, for about 10 – 15 minutes, add water/stock if needed to prevent burns.  Continue to cook the sauce, stirring occasionally.*****
***** At this point, start on your plantain (recipe below)
~ Finally add the beans, green onions and the remaining stock/water and bring to a boil and simmer for another 10 – 15 minutes
~ Adjust for seasonings, and beans consistency with water and serve.

Fried Plantain:
Okay so I'm going to try my best to give y'all the recipe for fried plantain.  While I was in Ghana, I was taught by eyeballing everything – even with the amount of oil lol.  Sooo – hang in there, and we'll see how this goes ;P

I N G R E D I E N T S  :
3 – 4 ripe plantains
water
ginger powder
salt
oil

I N S T R U C T I O N S  :
~ Peel and slice the plantains diagonally.  Making sure each slice is about 1/2” thick*
~ Once you have finished slicing the plantain, put the slices in a bowl of water and rinse thoroughly.  Do not dump the water out
~ Add your ginger powder + salt.  Mix well so that each slice is coated with the ginger and salt
~ Put your oil in a large saucepan on medium heat and wait until it gets hot.  (you can check to see if it's hot by dipping a slice of plantain in the oil.  If it sizzles, the oil is ready).
~ Add however many slices your pan will hold, and turn once or twice until the color changes and the edges are crispy brown.
~ Place in a keep warm container (laid with a paper towel)
~ Repeat the steps above until you have finished frying the plantain
~ Serve as a side with Red Red and enjoy

Are you going to make this for your family?
Have you tried this recipe?
I would love to hear your thoughts :)

Comments

  1. this sounds super good and cool! would like to try it!

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    1. Chloe,
      It is super good, and oh is it yummy 😁😍😡❤ Maybe whenever I visit y'all again, I'll make it for y'all 😁😜
      Love you girl😘❤

      Many blessings,
      Alisha

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    1. Beth,
      It is soo good!!! You need to try it. Maybe whenever we visit y'all again, I can make it for y'all πŸ˜œπŸ˜†

      Many blessings,
      Alisha

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  3. I actually haven't tried this before, although it looks delish!! I'm sure it's really good! I don't know if I'd be able to make it though, since we don't fry food.... I really enjoy your posts, Ali! :D

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    1. Olivia,
      It's evsn more delicious than it looks! Since y'all don't fry foods, you can boil the plantain instead. You prepare the plantain just the same, but when you come to the step of frying, just boil instead.
      Fill the pot half way with water, put in your ginger, salt, and plantain. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until plantain is yellow throughout. Serve with the Red Red and enjoy πŸ˜‰

      Love you girly❤

      Many blessings,
      Alisha

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    2. Olivia,
      It's evsn more delicious than it looks! Since y'all don't fry foods, you can boil the plantain instead. You prepare the plantain just the same, but when you come to the step of frying, just boil instead.
      Fill the pot half way with water, put in your ginger, salt, and plantain. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until plantain is yellow throughout. Serve with the Red Red and enjoy πŸ˜‰

      Love you girly❤

      Many blessings,
      Alisha

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    3. Thanks for the boiling idea!! Maybe I will make it now! :D

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