Delicious dish made from green plantains, known in Cuba as fufu de platano. Dominican’s make a very similar dish called Mangu, and in Puerto Rico they make Mofongo. Mofongo is made by mashing fried plantains versus boiling them. It is often shaped into a ball.
Fufu de plátano is a traditional West African dish made from mashed plantains. It is a staple food in countries like Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon, and is often served with a soup or stew, such as egusi or groundnut soup. In Spanish-speaking countries, plantains are a common ingredient in many dishes and are known as plátano macho. They can be prepared in a variety of ways, including frying, boiling, grilling, and mashing. To make fufu de plátano, plantains are peeled, boiled, and mashed until they reach a smooth, dough-like consistency. The resulting dough is then shaped into small balls and served alongside the soup or stew. Fufu de plátano is a nutritious and filling meal that is enjoyed by many people in West Africa and Spanish-speaking countries around the world.
Here is an easy recipe for fufu de platano.
Fufu de Platano Cubano – Green Plantain Mash
- 3 Green Plantains Large
- 1 White Onion Medium
- 4 tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 cups Chicken Stock
- Lemon little bit of juice
- Cut ends of off the plantains and peel. Cut them into chunks. You may find it easier to cut them first and then peel.
- Bring the plantains to a boil, then lower heat, cover and simmer until tender. This will typically take 20 to 30 minutes. Test with fork for tenderness. Keep the bananas in broth until you are ready to mash them.
- In a separate pan cook onions in olive oil for 3 to 5 minutes on low heat. Add garlic and sauté for a few more minutes. Mash the bananas with the broth (add 1/2 of a cup of broth or water at a time until desired consistency – should be like mashed potatoes.) Add in oil, onions and garlic. Add in lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. I personally also like to add some chopped fresh parsley or cilantro.
- Serve as a side dish or you can top with bacon bits, pork cracklings (Chicharrón) or masas de puerco (fried pork chunks) and have as a meal.