4 ingredients and you can make the easiest and healthiest plantain bread cake…
Plantain belongs to banana family and is widely available in South India. Hailing from Kerala, I have a special place for plantain as I grew up having this cooked in different forms, plantain chips being the most popular. Luckily, this is available at Canadian grocery stores too and I often buy it and make something different each time.
The other day, I’d made plantain muffins and it turned out great. However, I didn’t click good pictures so I didn’t post the recipe here. This morning, I thought I’ll make that again for brunch and click some good pictures. I was almost ready to make it and then I figured out that my refrigerator was out of milk. I felt too lazy to be out of my pyjamas and go for a milk shopping.
I didn’t give up, took a slightly different route and made this healthy and yummy plantain bread cake. The best part was this was cooked in a saucepan over stovetop.
This is quite similar to Kaipola– a popular Malabar snack made with plantain. However, in this one I’ve also added bread.
Give it a try, it’s easy to make and healthy. Makes an awesome evening snack or for brunch.
Here are some of the plantain recipes I’ve tried in my kitchen over the years:
Sautéing the plantains
Plantains mixed with egg, bread and almonds
After 5 minutes of cooking, flip it over onto a plate
After sliding into the sauce pan to cook the other side
- Plantains, ripe- 2, diced small
- Oil or Ghee- 2 tbsp
- Eggs, beaten- 2
- Sugar- 3 tbsp
- Whole wheat Bread- 3 slices, grated in a food processor
- Almonds or Cashew nuts, coarsely crushed- ¼ cup
- Ghee- 1 tbsp, to grease the saucepan
- Use ripe plantains to make this. Dice the plantains into small pieces.
- Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add 2 tbsp oil or ghee.
- Saute the diced plantains till light brown. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Grate or chop the bread in a food processor till it resembles to crumbs.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs along with sugar.
- To the eggs, add grated bread, roasted plantains and almonds or cashew nuts. Combine well.
- Place a medium sized non-stick saucepan over low heat.
- Add 1 tbsp ghee, let it melt and swirl the pan to grease the inside of the pan.
- Pour the prepared egg/bread/plantain mixture into the pan.
- Cover the saucepan and cook over low heat for 5 minutes till it's set well.
- Cover the saucepan with a plate and flip the cake over onto the plate.
- The top of the cake will have a golden brown color.
- Gently, slide the cake into the saucepan so that the top part is at the bottom of the pan. This is to cook the other side as well.
- Cook covered for another 5 minutes.
- Cover the pan with the plate and flip the cake over onto the plate.
- Now, both the sides of the cake have cooked well and turned golden brown in color.
- Let cool down and cut into wedges.
- Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.