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.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
4 green plantains
Oil for frying
Salt to taste
Peel and cut the plantains with a sharp knife or slicer. Slice plantain thinly.
Sprinkle the plantain with salt. Toss till the plantain slices are well coated.
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.
Repeat the process until all plantains are fried.
Store in an airtight container.
After cutting the plantain into slices, put in a bowl and add about 1 to 2 tablespoons 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 minutes or until golden brown at the edges.