Tostones

As a South Indian, plantain is an essential ingredient in my cooking and personally I am crazy about it! I find out and try every possible way of making it and here is a Latin American/Carribean classic recipe using plantains. It is purely delicious.

You need:

Plantains
Salt
Oil for deep frying
4 tsps cold water mixed with 1/2 tsp mashed garlic  (This step is optional)

Peel the plantains and chop them into 1 inch thick slices. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Place a few plantain slices in the oil, and cook until lightly golden in color on the outside and soft inside, about three minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining slices.

While the plantain slices are still warm, place them one at a time between two sheets of wax paper and flatten by hand to 1/4 inch thick. You can also use a a heavy object (wrapped in foil to avoid direct contact with food) to flatten the slices.

Return flattened slices to the skillet, and continue frying until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, and season with salt and serve.

For a garlicky version, as soon as you remove from frying, drain on paper towels,  drizzle over the drops of water with the garlic while hot and then salt and serve.

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