Unripe Plantain Chips (Ipekere)

Unripe plantain chips (Ipekere) is a very popular snack in Nigeria. It is made from unripe (green) plantain that is deep-fried in hot oil until crispy and golden brown or baked in an oven until the golden brown. Unripe plantain chips (Ipekere) are crunchy and tasty.

Unripe plantain chips are also called as chifles in Ecuador, mariquitas, chicharitas, platanutres, or platanainas, depending on the country or region. They are a popular snack not just in Africa, but also in Peru and Ecuador and other parts of the world.

Unripe Plantain chips

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 green plantains
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste

Frying method

Procedure

  1. Peel and cut the plantains with a sharp knife or slicer. Slice plantain thinly.
  2. Sprinkle the plantain with salt. Toss till the plantain slices are well coated.
  3. Preheat oil in the frying pan or deep fryer
  4. Fry the plantain for about 3 to 5 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  5. Remove the plantain from the oil and place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  6. Repeat the process until all plantains are fried.
  7. Store in an airtight container.

Baking method

Procedure

  1. After cutting the plantain into slices, put in a bowl and add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil.
  2. Sprinkle the plantain with salt
  3. Toss till the plantain slices are well coated.
  4. Arrange the sliced plantain on a parchment paper.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown at the edges.
  6. Serve with a chilled juice. eg. zobo juice, orange juice, mango juice e.t.c
unripe plantain chips (Ipekere)
plantain chips

Unripe Plantain Chips (ipekere)

Unripe plantain is a very popular snacks in Nigeria. It is made from unripe (green) plantains. It can also be made from semi ripe plantains. They are so crunchy and tasty.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine African

Equipment

  • Slicer or knife
  • saucepan or knife
  • Bowls

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Green plantains
  • oil for frying
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

FRYING METHOD

  • Peel and cut the plantain with a sharp knife or slicer. Slice the plantains thinly.
  • Sprinkle the plantain with salt. Toss to allow the salt coat well with the plantains
  • Preheat oil in the frying pan or deep fryer
  • Fry the plantain for about 3 to 5 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  • Remove the plantain from the oil and place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  • Store in an airtight container.

BAKING METHOD

  • After cutting into thin slices, put in a bowl and add about 1 to 2 tablespoon of oil.
  • Sprinkle the plantain with salt
  • Toss till the plantain slices are well coated.
  • Arrange the sliced plantain on a parchment paper.
  • Bake for about 15 minute or until golden brown or crispy.
  • Serve with a chilled juice. eg. zobo juice, orange juice, mango juice e.t.c