COLOMBIA

From plantain you make tostones or green bananas called plátanos


This first post about Colombian food is dedicated to my curious friend Ema who was surprised that I fried bananas.

The time to reveal secrets has come (just joking of course, there are no green banana secrets here).

Banana plantation in San Bartolo

Banana plantation in San Bartolo

Raw green banana is called plantain in English and plátano in Spanish. It is from banana family, but contains less sugar than yellow dessert bananas that´s why plantains can be cookes, fried or even baked, to say it more easily: imagine than green banana is a potatoe and treat it like that! You can eat it when the peel is green (but necesarilly has to be procesed) or when it gets yellow. Plantains are eaten in Colombia and many other tropical countries all over the world and are consideres a staple food, which means that are eaten diarily and become the main side course ingredients  for huge population.

Plantain root

Plantain root

Detail of green banana called plantain

Detail of green banana called plantain

How to make a patacón (tostones?)

1, Find raw green plantain

Plátano verde, raw plantain

Plátano verde, raw plantain

2, Peel plantain with knife

Peel me!

Peel me!

3, Cut peeled plantain in small pieces and fry them in the oil (not too hot!) until they get yellow

Beginning of frying

Beginning of frying

End of frying

End of frying

4, Smash plantain into rounds using any kitchen utensil (normally you can buy pataconera to do it, but I simply used boling pot)

Get this patacon shape

Get this patacon shape

5, Refry smashed slices for 2-3 minutes in very hot oil

Final patacon

Final patacon

6, Serve

Patacon lunch version

Patacon lunch version

Patacon with fried trout in Capurganá at Carribean coast

Patacon with fried trout in Capurganá at Carribean coast

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