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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Veggie Wednesday ~ Baked Plantain Chips

When I thought about posting a week worth of vegetable based posts this marathon, I planned to showcase a vegetable and nothing else as the star ingredient in each post. These posts are going to include simple, every day recipes that I cook in my kitchen and it is turn of the the humble green plantain today, in the form of baked chips. I don't claim them to be the exact clones of the fried version but they fit the bill if you are looking for some grease-free and guilt-free snacking. Pick the green skinned plantains for a crispier version and peel the skin as shown in this post.

Ingredients: (About 30 - 35 chips)
1 medium sized plantain (green colored)
2 - 3 pinches of salt
1/4 tsp red chili powder or to taste (Pepper powder or any other spice powder of your preference can be used. I used very spicy chili powder.)
1 tbsp. oil (I used canola oil.)

Method:
* Preheat the oven to 375 deg F.
* Cut off the edges of the plantain and make a slit running a knife along the seams. Peel away the skin with your hand. Or peel the plantain twice to reach the cream skin of the plantain inside. (Otherwise the plantain chips will have a dark blackish colored border. There is no harm in eating them but it doesn't look that appealing to me.)
* Thinly slice the plantains. Go as thin as you can though paper thin is not needed.
* Combine salt, chili powder and oil in a bowl. Add the plantain slices and toss the bowl to coat. If you think the slices are not evenly coated, use your hand to combine.
* Place them on a foil lined baking sheet in a single layer.
* Bake them around 10 minutes and flip them. Brush with oil again if needed.
* Bake around 8 - 12 minutes again or until the edges start to brown. Watch like a hawk at the final stages and do the taste testing if needed since they can go from being crispy to hard in an instant. (One can also tap them with finger tip to check the whether they are done.)
* Serve them as a snack or with guacamole or as a part of a south Indian lunch. They remain crispier longer than the fried version.
 
Notes:
* If the plantain slices were cut unevenly, then the thinner ones get baked earlier than the thicker slices. In that case, go on removing the thinner chips as soon as they are done and don't wait until all the slices are baked.
* Don't be tempted to bake until golden brown since the resulting chips would be 'hard to bite' kind instead of being crispy. They would have been done even if they appear yellowish. One can even turn off the oven at the last minutes of baking and leave the chips in the oven until the desired crispiness has reached.

20 comments:

Priya Suresh said...

Baked platain chips looks prefect and very attractive as much as like the deep fried ones..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and crispy looking banana chips.
Deepa

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

Wow that looks so similar to the fried version... Delicious and guilt free chips...

Usha said...

Baked plantain chips look crisp and perfectly baked.

Varadas Kitchen said...

My family will love this. I have to try it. Simply perfect!

The Pumpkin Farm said...

this looks so easy would love to try

Harini-Jaya R said...

These chips look perfectly done. I must convince my folks to let in the plantains at home !

Rajani S said...

Its hard to tell that they are baked! Just like the chakalis, these too look the same as their fried counterparts. Nice, healthy thinking from you Suma.

vaishali sabnani said...

These chips look fantastic , can't take my eyes off them. Very well made chips , I could never ever imagine to try these. Super choice.

Kalyani said...

Trust you to bring out savoury bakes for my sake 😊😊 we get raw plantains through the year n wd surely try this !

Srividhya said...

This has come out really well. perfect for rasam rice

sneha datar said...

Healthy baked banana chips.

Priya Srinivasan said...

Ahh such a beauty suma, such an addictive snack!!! i m baking this definitely!!

Pavani N said...

Wow so perfectly baked plantain chips.

Srivalli said...

Should I say how fantastic these look?..wow Suma your sub theme has given me new ideas for next BM editions..lol...very nicely baked..

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Baked version of my ever favorite chips! Looks fabulous.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Suma all your guilt free recipes are superb. This chips look so delicious...

veena krishnakumar said...

This looks so easy. Have yo try this

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

Guilt free snacks, without compromising flavor and taste.. yum

Padmajha PJ said...

The baked version sounds so guilt free! Good one Suma.