Plantain is thought to have developed in the hands of the cooking banana, a cultivar of the banana plant that yields a starchy edible fruit that is rarely eaten uncooked. Despite their resemblance in appearance, the two banana kinds are used in quite different ways. Due to the high carbohydrate content, this fruit is usually boiled, fried, or cooked while still green in many cultures where it is a staple diet. The plantain can be ground into flour or used to make beer in some African countries. Plantains, on the other hand, are most commonly encountered fried. Plantains are always useful. There is always something to make out of the plantains, from green to yellow, soft with black patches to entirely black and soft. Plantains can be used to make "kelewele," "tatale," "kaaklo," and "epitse," as well as fried as a side dish with red-red. Today, I'll show you how to make "epitse" step by step." Epitse "is a baked dish of uncooked mashed plantains with seasonings. It absorbs some of the leaf's flavor and is rather pleasant. I looked online for the true name of the leaf that was used but came up empty-handed. It is known as "akotro" in this part of the world, and it is what most street food vendors, particularly "waakye "vendors, use to pack their wares. You can wrap it with plantain leaves and bake it instead if you don't have the leaf. It is good and healthy in either case. As a nice meal, some people combine it with roasted groundnut. It is a delectable Ghanaian dish made with easily accessible ingredients. All you need to make " epitse" is the following:
7 fully riped plantains
A thumb of ginger
cloves ( pregowama)
grains of Salim (hwentsea)
A medium sized onion
2 tablespoons of palm oil
1tsbp of salt
1/2 cup of pastry flour
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Set the leaves aside after cleaning them.
Using a blender, combine the spices. With a fork, mash the plantains. Plantains should be tender enough to mash easily with a fork. Mix in the spices and other ingredients until well combined.
Scoop half a cup of the "epitse "batter onto the leaf's wrong side. Place the right side of the leaf on top of the folded left side. Then fold the top and bottom sides of the rectangle underneath it. To keep the batter from oozing out, wrap it in any way you like.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until set and done, on a baking sheet. The amount of time it takes to bake the leaves will vary depending on their thickness and the temperature of your oven. When baking, double-check.
Enjoy with groundnuts or peanuts that have been roasted.
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